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Finance – Environmental gains
  • Nurseries have a reputation for protecting the environment, says Shaz Nawaz, but have you considered some of the financial benefits this can bring?



Training – Your happy  motivated team
  • Here, training manager, Fay Gibbin, shares her top tips for training staff and giving them the tools they need to develop and grow – and you the happy and motivated nursery team you need.



The Great Outdoors – The Great Garden
Clear Up!
  • No scope for gardening in the winter? Not at all, says Francis Smith, who suggests ways of extending the children’s outdoor learning while making the most of a winter garden.



The rain it raineth every day

Sue Churchill, Editor

Sue Churchill, Editor

Well, Shakespeare was right. In the last issue, I opened with a reference to rain, and blow me if it isn’t pouring down again, albeit after the hottest June heatwave for decades. We are in strange times. As Linda Baston-Pitt says in her Hot Topics article, the early years sector has never been more praised – nor more starved of funding.
In this issue, innovation fast emerged as a running theme. Ursula Krystek-Walton looks at the thorny issue of how you get children active. We all know a role model is the most effective starting point, but . . .
So, Ursula outlines how she developed a working relationship with a well-established not-for-profit organisation that provided the initial training input – essentially, training the trainers – with the result that the Bertram Group now has a fitter, more informed workforce who are getting the children moving.
Then, there’s the IT dilemma faced by many directors and owners, who buy in first-rate management and learning programmes designed for the sector, and then find there are other areas that aren’t so well covered. What do you do?
The solution for Early Days Nurseries was to design their own bespoke app, that did exactly what they and the parents wanted. Intrigued? Find out more in our IT column. You might be encouraged to take a more hands-on approach yourself.
More stress and strain for those at the top? Possibly. That’s why we not only asked two writers to give their take on personal effectiveness (see our Focus column and the Special Report), but also threw it open to our readers.
Result: a two-page vox pop (the voice of the people in common or garden English) from such big names as London Early Years Forum (LEYF), Kids Planet and Enchanted Forest. Turn to Manager’s Helpline, and you might well find some tips or approaches that haven’t occurred to you.
And that’s not all. We have something for everyone in this issue – from tips on expansion by an award-winning business coach to a reader’s review of a new nutrition training game for staff and parents.
Is that enough to be getting on with? Yes? Then, happy reading and thinking.


Sue Churchill
Editor, Nursery Management Today