Over the last 12 months, I have delivered training sessions on how to effectively implement the 30 hours to maintain the sustainability of childcare settings across all sectors.
During the training sessions, almost all nursery owners and managers stated that the level of funding for the universal 15 hours and the additional 15 hours is not enough to cover the cost of childcare they are providing. I’m not going to dispute this, although in my experience roughly 85% of nursery owners and managers had no idea what their unit cost for delivering one hour of childcare was, or how to work ...
How secure is your online business security?
How do you protect your business, especially on the internet where the fraudsters always seem to be one step ahead?
Here are our top tips for keeping your business safe online:
- Implement a combination of security protection solutions (anti-virus, anti-spam, firewall(s))
- Carry out regular security updates on all software and devices
- Implement a resilient password policy, with strong passwords (min eight characters, use a mixture of letters, numbers and symbols. change regularly)
- Secure your wireless network
- Implement clear and concise procedures for email, internet and mobile devices
- Train staff in good ...
The sudden and tragic death of my 39-year-old nephew on December 28th has brought home the need to ensure our affairs are in order, whether this is in our personal or business life.
He was a fantastic tattooist; I'm not too fond of tattoos but can appreciate the skill and craft that goes into creating, what are often works of art. He was also a small business owner, and like all of us, we don’t think our life will cut short and therefore probably don’t keep our business records as up to date as we should. Over the past ...
The GDPR – general Data Protection Regulation comes into force on May 25th, 2018
Are you ready?
The new GDPR replaces the current data protection act and introduces new provisions, including enhanced accountability and new procedures for handling data breaches, and data access requests. The new regulations apply to all businesses from major corporates to sole traders.
All nurseries, preschools and registered childminders keep data, think staff, parents and children, yes this will impact on your nursery
The regulations cover ‘sensitive personal data’ and personal data. Personal data is any information relating to an identified person or someone who ...
Mentoring What it is and is not
The new changes to the Real Time Information (RTI) could have costly implications for small businesses, including childcare providers in the PVI and independent sector....
Getting it right from the start
It pays to invest time in recruiting the best people you can find and setting them up properly in their jobs.
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...
All employers are required to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to protect the health and safety of their employees. Aside for the moral or legal requirements, it is good business; the right first aid can help reduce sickness absence by dealing with an illness or injury correctly.