Maureen's Blog For Ask Askew

 My blogs aim to provide childcare business owners and managers with relevant business and childcare related information.

I am a Business Consultant specialising in the childcare sector. I am an active member of the Chartered Management Institute, Institute of Consulting, Federation of Small Businesses and the Chamber of Commerce.

I have been a Chartered Manager since 2007 I am also a 4Children Business Champion. I write feature articles for 2 childcare/family magazines, on issues that are of interest to families and childcare providers. I have been involved in childcare for over 35 years.

A life time ago starting with my NNEB training, I then became a registered Childminder, owned and managed pre-schools and full day care, worked as a paid employee and volunteer for the Pre-school Learning Alliance, delivered qualification and short childcare courses in FE colleges across Lancashire and North Yorkshire and worked as part of the early year’s teams at Blackburn with Darwen and Bolton LA for over 15 years. 

I started Ask Askew in 2011, although I mainly work for myself, I do work as an associate for the NDNA, CBIS and EYalliance (previously the Pre-school Learning Alliance). 


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Motivating Your Team

People who are unhappy at work do their jobs badly, are often absent and are likely to leave. Your business will suffer unless you understand what motivates your team and take positive steps to meet their needs.

The ability to manage people well comes easily to some, less so to others, but is essential to business leaders. Whilst there is no magic formula, motivating your team  should concentrate on the practical things that you can do to make a difference.

Your behaviour is one of the strongest influencers of the attitude and motivation of your people. It is absolutely critical, therefore, that you are committed and motivated yourself.

  • Set a positive example - behave better than you would expect your best employee to behave.
  • You don't own your employees, so recognise that they have an important life outside work.
  • Treat people as individuals and make allowances for their differences.
  • Encourage team work and co-operation: bring your people together, talk to them as a team, encourage people to get involved in each other's jobs.
  • Be consistent; don't have favourites. Don't allow relationships outside work to affect work.
  • Don't encourage employees to talk about each other to you.
  • Never make promises you can't keep.