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THE EARLY YEARS HANDBOOK SECOND EDITION: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO MANAGING PROVISION IN THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE

ISBN: 9781907927256
£89.00
Product description

Leading and managing a quality early years setting is a highly complex and skilled role, which ensures everything is in place to enable this quality interaction between adults and children to occur. Attention must be paid to every detail, from establishing the visions and values, to recruiting, managing and developing a skilled staff team, to ensuring your premises are able not only to comply with regulations but foster a positive impact on children’s wellbeing and learning potential.

Benefits
The Early Years Handbook Second Edition: A comprehensive guide to managing provision in the early years foundation stage will enable you to:

provide appropriate and challenging learning opportunities for young children in a setting where they feel safe, happy and confident
understand the impact on your setting of recent changes in government policy
know what needs to be in place prior to an Ofsted inspection
successfully recruit, lead and manage a team to provide high-quality care and development opportunities for your children
be aware of legal duties and ensure your setting is operating within the law
self-evaluate and create strategic improvement plans.
Summary of contents
This resource includes:

sample job application forms
sample job descriptions and person specifications for various roles
sample questionnaires
proforma for recording performance management objectives
checklist of questions for developing an outdoor space
suggested headings for model business plan
examplar profit/loss forecast
exemplar monthly budget monitoring report
questions to ask when choosing a nursery management software system
numerous exemplar policies
proforma for parental consent form
strategic planning tools.
Chapter breakdown
Chapter 1: Context
This chapter sets out the context for what follows. It briefly discusses the history of services for young children in England, looks at the many developments in early years provision initiated by the Labour government from 1997 to 2010 and introduces current Coalition Government policy from 2011 onwards.

Benefits

Having read this chapter you will:

understand why, where and how recent developments in provision for young children and families have come about
build on essential background information that can be used to support a business plan or funding application.
Chapter 2: Vision, values and marketing an image
This chapter looks at how to establish the vision and values of a setting in order to create a focus and reference point for future development. It highlights the values which underpin quality provision for young children and their families and gives examples of vision statements which can be constructed to encompass these values.

Benefits

Having read this chapter you will:

understand why it is important to be explicit about your views and values from the outset
learn how to translate this founding vision into marketing for your setting.
Chapter 3 – Choosing a business model
This chapter covers the different legal frameworks under which a childcare business can be developed. It considers the advantages and disadvantages of different structures and signposts the reader to up-to-date sources of additional information and advice.

Benefits

Having read this chapter you will:

understand the different legal framework options you have when it comes to establishing your provision
ensure that the management and operating structure of your business is correct from the outset.
Chapter 4 – Managing legal requirements
The legislation covering the establishment and running of early years provision is covered here. The information reflects changes in Ofsted’s registration and inspection protocols and in the legal framework under which small businesses operate. The requirements of Early Years Foundation Stage framework are reviewed, explaining the legal requirements governing young children’s learning, development and welfare.

Benefits

Having read this chapter you will:

understand Ofsted registration requirements and what to expect from an inspection
know what you need to have in place with regards to employing staff, managing the premises and providing appropriate learning opportunities for young children.
Chapter 5 – Managing people
This chapter looks at a key aspect of effective management – recruiting, training and managing the staff team. It covers writing job descriptions and person specifications, advertising, interviewing and appointing staff, induction procedures, supervision, performance management and professional development. The information fully reflects the new EYFS Framework requirements on the safe recruitment of staff and the safeguarding and protection of young children.

Benefits

Having read this chapter you will:

know how to recruit, motivate and build a high-quality staff team
be able to develop effective systems to manage staff performance and develop the expertise of your team.
Chapter 6 – Managing the environment
This chapter looks at the physical spaces in which childcare and early education services are delivered. It covers the up-to-date legal requirements governing the use of premises and also gives advice and guidance on how to create high-quality indoor and outdoor spaces which will fully support young children’s learning and development.

Benefits

Having read this chapter you will:

know how to use your space for maximum benefit of children’s learning, development and wellbeing
know what to look for if you are considering moving premises.
Chapter 7 – Managing money
This chapter provides all the essential information needed to write a business plan for a establishing a new childcare business, taking over an existing business or managing the finances of an operating business more effectively. It includes examples of how occupancy levels and staffing requirements can be calculated to provide essential information to include in a business plan.

Benefits

Having read this chapter you will:

know how to create a business plan, including income and expenditure, profit and loss forecasts
understand the relationship between occupancy rates and income and sustainability of your business
be able to monitor and manage budgets efficiently.
Chapter 8 – Quality provision
This chapter looks in detail at what is involved in providing high-quality services for young children. Advice is given on how to draw up a policy document and examples are provided of the wide range of policies and procedures which any setting should have in place. There are new policies on Supervision, Use of Social Media and Whistleblowing and all the policies have been updated to comply with current legislation.

Benefits

Having read this chapter you will:

gain an overview of all the different aspects involved in day-to-day running of your setting
have an extensive range of exemplar policies to adapt to your setting.
Chapter 9 – Managing change
The final chapter covers the process of planning for change and development. It looks at carrying out an audit and self-evaluation of current provision and drawing up strategic plans for development in line with local and central government priorities. It covers how to create action plans to address strategic priorities, at establishing success criteria and at how and when to monitor and evaluate progress.

Benefits

Having read this chapter you will:

see how to put the vision and values of a setting into everyday practice
know how to create a strategic plan for improvement.

Additional information
Products specifications
Author LINDA THORNTON, PAT BRUNTON
Pub Date 2013-06
Binding Book/Manual