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Nursery leaders play a crucial role in the overall smooth running of their nursery, as they are ultimately in charge of the recruitment of staff, child protection and development, and health and safety. They are responsible for writing and implementing policies and procedures that require current, up-to-date knowledge and for ensuring that legislation is being followed at all times. Most importantly, nursery leaders are key to achieving an 'outstanding' grade from Ofsted in all areas of nursery life. How to be an Outstanding Nursery Leader covers common everyday situations, such as staffing and potential problems, and is a useful tool for anyone enrolled on the CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner. Allison Lee uses her wealth of experience to explore important aspects of management, including effective staff meetings, appraisals and supervisions, to help a nursery leader get the best from their team and earn that all-important 'outstanding' grade from Ofsted.
This new edition contains lots of easy-to-introduce tips and techniques that will propel satisfactory and good childminders into the outstanding category - not just when being observed, but all the time. And the best news? This book tells you how to do it without spending lots more time planning and preparing. How to be an Outstanding Childminder is completely up to date and covers all the important elements of becoming outstanding and staying outstanding. It includes useful information on tracking the developmental progress of children and keeping up to date with training and legislation. Chapters include: - Outstanding ... Relationships - Outstanding ... Observations - Outstanding ... Early Identification and Intervention - Outstanding ... Self-Evaluation and Continual Professional Development There is a section on further reading and resources, as well as a companion website with lots of useful forms, such as example planning tools, observation checklists and transition forms, and links to useful websites. A must for all childminders who want to become outstanding, not just for the inspectors but for every child they mind.
All parents want their children to have the best start in life. They want them to be healthy, have lots of friends, make the most of their time at school and ultimately lead happy and fulfilled lives. As parents we can't always protect our children from the challenges of the outside world - but there's a lot we can do to help them enter the big wide world as healthy and confident individuals. This invaluable guide for parents is divided into two parts. Childhood is about havng fun, but it's also the time when children need to learn how to grow confidently, and how to interact with others in a considerate manner. Part One will help you to: * Encourage your child's social and self-help skills * Manage your child's behaviour successfully * Promote your child's emotional wellbeing Too much fast food and a 'couch potato' lifestyle can present major health concerns for today's children but, as many parents are aware, encouraging healthy eating and exercise in children is often difficult. Part Two starts with the stages of development from birth through to adolescence and shows you how to: * Produce healthy balanced meals * Minimise the risks of allergies and intolerances * Avoid unhealthy foods
This is the essential guide to child development for all childcare professionals working in a home-based setting. Written in Allison Lee's characteristically approachable style, she provides case studies and activities that make this wholly engaging for the reader. Allison Lee provides useful information for childminders and nannies on: Development through the ages; providing play and other learning experiences; physical development and well-being; personal, social and emotional development; communication and language development; cognitive development; factors which affect child development; working with disabled children and their families; promoting children's rights; working in partnership with parents. The contents are linked to the Diploma in Home-Based Childcare, particularly to Unit 2: Childcare and Child Development (0-16) in the Home-based Setting. This guide is a must have for all trainees in home-based childcare.
This book draws on a wealth of childminding experience to offer a unique insight into all facets of the business, investigating what the job entails, working in partnership with parents and also important business practicalities such as arranging fees and contracts.Drawing on over 12 years of experience of running a business from her own home, Allison Lee gets to the heart of what it's really like to be a childminder. Whether you are thinking of starting out and would like an honest account of all that the job entails, or you are already experienced in the role and are looking for some tips from a fellow childminder, this is the book for you! The book looks at: the role of the childminder; the daily routine; working in partnership with parents; what it is like to work from home, for you and your family; how to arrange your fees and contracts; how to deal with common issues such as illness and behaviour; and how to respond to complaints?Illustrated throughout with real life examples, this book will provide all childminders with tried and tested support, advice and tips on how to do the job well, from one professional to another.
It is essential that all home-based professionals working with children understand and encourage learning through play and activities. All children have the right to play and it is important that childcare practitioners promote and value this right, enabling children to achieve their maximum potential. This book is invaluable for all students of the Diploma for Home-based Childcare, and for all practising childminders and nannies who are looking for fresh new ideas and advice on how to encourage the learning of children in their care through play.
Allison Lee has written this book as a companion to her first book, Starting Your Own Childminding Business . It will provide an essential guide for all child care practitioners working in a home-based setting. Contents: 1. Keeping parents happy; 2. Keeping children happy; 3. Safety in the childcare setting; 4. Factors influencing children's behaviour; 5. Unwanted behaviour; 6. Encouraging positive behaviour; 7. Child development; 8. Suitable activities for children; 9. Observations and assessments; List of useful addresses; Further reading; Index.
If you're interested in buying a holiday home for your own use and as an investment, this book will provide you with a step-by-step guide. It will show you how to: source the right property for income and capital growth; prepare your property for letting; take your property to market; get the best from agents if you decide to use one; take bookings and deal with cancellations; manage the maintenance and cleaning; receive guests and secure repeat business; and manage the finances and make a profit. Contents: Preface Acknowledgements 1. The property ladder 2. Location 3. Preparing your property 4. A look at the rooms on offer 5. Marketing 6. Bookings 7. Maintenance 8. Receiving guests 9. Inventories and checklists 10. The financial aspect Useful addresses and websites Index
With more and more women with young children returning to work, hundreds of thousands of children in England and Wales are being cared for by childminders. The demand for good quality, flexible childcare is huge. If you are a childminder in the early stages of setting up your business, or you are considering caring for children in your own home, this book will help you to: decide whether a career working with children is for you; decide whether working from your own home will suit you, your family and your lifestyle; understand the Regulations and Standards imposed by Ofsted; guide you through the registration process; prepare you for Ofsted inspections; help you to target the right market and advertise your services; and manage the financial side of your business.