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Spotting the signs of modern slavery and child exploitation

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More than a 1,000 children were exploited in the UK in 2016, 20% of whom were UK nationals. A Home Office Report 2017 outlines the types of exploitation and how to recognise potential victims....Read more

Learning from serious case reviews: What can early years settings do?

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Here we look at some recent serious case reviews and the relevant learning that can be taken for early years professionals....Read more

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New 'traffic light' system to help distinguish appropriate sexualised behaviours in children

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Sexual health and wellbeing charity Brook has developed a sexual behaviours traffic light tool, aiming to enable professionals to distinguish age appropriate sexualised behaviours in children....Read more

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SMARTpd: Supporting member settings to improve practice

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In November, the Chair of a member setting contacted the Alliance to seek support ahead of an Ofsted inspection. During the initial telephone conversation it became clear there were many complex issues to be addressed. So our quality...Read more

Case study: From unqualified assistant to Level 3 practitioner

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Daisy started her Early Years career after applying to be an unqualified assistant. She was subsequently taken on for 40 hours per week in a full-time role. Then three months into her new job, she was asked to study for a Level 3 apprenticeship...Read more

Safeguarding: Changes to the Children and Social Work Act 2017

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The Children and Social Work Act received royal assent in April 2017 and will be implemented in 2018-2019. Current Local Children’s Safeguarding Boards will be abolished and a revised model implemented....Read more

Update of EYFS

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In March 2017 the DfE published a revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework – the third revision to the original 2008 edition. The revised EYFS (DfE 2017) incorporates new legislation and statutory guidance introduced since...Read more

Department of Education Workforce Strategy

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In March the DfE published the Early Years Workforce Strategy. The main focus of attention has been on the decision to amend the current regulatory requirement that anyone holding the Early Years Educator qualification must also hold GCSE Maths...Read more

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Discount for Alliance members at ChildcareExpo

Members of the Alliance can access an exclusive 20% discount when booking to attend the Meeting the Early Years Workforce Challenges seminar at ...Read more

Business Apprenticeship: Chel'c West

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Chel’c started her apprenticeship in October 2016.Read more

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