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The NDNA have recently produced a factsheet on Suitability and Disqualification which is available to the early years sector and can be viewed here.

Healthy Body, Happy Me 2014

With regular news headlines about child obesity and sedentary behaviour, helping young children understand the benefits of a healthy lifestyle is more important than ever.

National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA)’s annual healthy lifestyle campaign, Healthy Body, Happy Me takes place 24-30 March and celebrates the great work that nurseries are doing to promote healthy lifestyles and ensure children get the best possible start in life with healthy food and fun physical activity.

Each day of the campaign has a special theme with ideas and activities for nurseries to use:

  • Outdoor Fun: Making the most any outdoor environment for fun outdoor learning.
  • Go germs, GO! Learning about germs and how to beat them to stay healthy.
  • Football Fun: Using football skills to support physical development, co-ordination and teamwork as well as meet curriculum colour and numeracy goals.
  • Out and About: Using outings to offer a wealth of learning possibilities not available in the nursery setting and discovering the local community.
  • Breakfast Time: Feeding little tummies and minds through understanding the importance of a healthy, balanced breakfast for development and well-being.
  • Family Time: Supporting families to spend quality time together.

On Friday, 28 March from 7.30am to 9.30am nurseries around the country will be taking part in Breakfast Time and enjoying a healthy, nutritious breakfast together.  Register for free resources at


Supporting and developing early responses to child neglect in health and education services in England

NSPCC would like to recruit early years practitioners to talk about their experiences of identifying and responding to child neglect in their area, and to identify opportunities for universal services to play a bigger role in responding to neglect.

This is an opportunity for early years practitioners to be part of a nationwide, multi-professional and innovative research study. It is an opportunity to share knowledge and expertise, and to help move towards a different approach to preventing child neglect.

NSPCC know your time is very precious and would really appreciate your contribution.

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Achieving 2 Year Olds (A2YO)

A2YO have recently launched three short films for you to use to promote the development of two year old places – they are all available for live streaming from

  • The first is a wonderful example of how childminders in North London are delivering the offer in partnership with the London Boroughs of Enfield and Barnet.
  • The second is a case study of how a school in Wolverhampton is making a success of delivery quality two year old provision.
  • The third gives a flavour of the provider roadshow programme we have been delivering this year.

Things to look out for:

  • National network meeting in June for local authorities
  • Further in-depth sessions on: marketing and communicating the offer; working with the 2014 criteria; and places development and remodelling
  • Reports on: BME take-up; IT integration; and the recent in-depths and regional network programme (check out the A2YO K-Hub site for details)
  • A series of seminars on schools delivering the offer



I CAN, the children’s communication charity, have an Enquiry Service for parents, families and practitioners to find out more information about children’s speech, language and communication.  I CAN Help Enquiry Service is a free, confidential call back or email from a speech and language therapist and therapists will signpost to further information, send out resources and help parents or practitioners with questions or concerns about a child.

Analysis in November 2013 found that over 85% of people accessing the Service rated it as excellent, very good or good.  And nearly 8 in 10 people felt that after their call or email, they now knew where to access support and information.

Please spread the word about the Enquiry Service to parents and other practitioners.  You can find out more information at or call 0207 843 2544.

I CAN have a range of resources for parents and practitioners to help develop children’s communication skills and support those with additional needs.  Visit


A Montessori qualification is highly regarded within the early years’ community.  Our students have become Montessori teachers in schools worldwide, nursery owners, nannies and teachers in independent schools.

MCI offer two main teaching courses, the one year part-time Montessori Early Childhood diploma and two year full-time Montessori Early Childhood Practice Foundation degree.  They provide a level 4 and level 5 qualification respectively.

The Foundation degree in Montessori Early Childhood Practice is developed in partnership with London Metropolitan University.  Students can progress towards a full BA (Hons) degree in Early Childhood studies at London Metropolitan University after 2 years here at Montessori Centre International.

Our courses offer a careful balance between practice and theory to enable our newly qualified teachers to begin their working life confident in their own professional skills, and able to meet the responsibility of nurturing and caring for young children.

The future for Montessori remains bright with the government placing increased recognition on the socio-economic benefits of good early years’ provision.

We take students from 17 years upwards and our college team are happy to participate in your career talks and fairs.

Please telephone Rupert Smedley on: 020 7529 1305 or email: [email protected] to arrange a talk or to find out more information.


Westminster Education Forum

The Westminster Education Forum seminar ‘Next steps for child development policy – supporting parents, integrating reviews of health and learning progress, and improving children’s ‘school-readiness’’ will take place on 10 June.  The seminar will include a keynote address from Jim Addison, Assistant Director of Early Years Curriculum and Teaching, Department for Education and Flora Goldhill, Director of Children, Families & Maternity and Health Inequalities from the Department of Health.

Delegates will discuss implementation challenges around the proposed combined reviews, as Government prepares to introduce them from 2015.  Further sessions will focus on the support available for parents and the outcomes of its two-year CANparent trials, as well as concerns around how ‘school-ready’ some children are upon leaving the Early Years Foundation Stage.

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