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Am I caring or am I colluding?

I THINK I MIGHT HAVE CREATED A MONSTER! Those of you who follow me will know that my partner recently had major back surgery. We both went into this experience a bit blindly…

Embracing change…or trying to!

I’m on the move. Yes, finally! I’ve lived at 35 Beryl Road since January 1989, so it’s probably about time I was a little bit more adventurous…

An ode to my Fitbit

When we are working with children, I think we often underestimate the amount of time we spend on our feet. A fabulous way of tracking your ‘steps’ I find is my Fitbit…

The Fox Saga

I have a very large fox residing in my VERY small garden! My flat is mid terrace in Hammersmith so it’s certainly not the traditional habitat of the fox.

Am I delegating or am I dumping?

I needed some help! I had over enthusiastically bought 4 Kilos of marmalade oranges. My marmalade has a very good reputation, so I thought that I would make lots…

A reflection on leadership

A poem to end 2016 featuring a wonderful safeguarding conference, some musings on leadership, Laura Henry and a certain president of the United States of America…

Harvest time!

Because my partner is a farmer, the ‘harvest’ is a MAJOR part of our year. I’ve been struck by how you can compare the growing of crops to an effective team…

Through the eyes of a child

I wrote another poem! This is one is called “Through the eyes of a child” and is on the vital importance of effective leadership and management in early years…

Time well spent

Time. Where does it go, what happens to it and how well do we use it? The TIME the children spend in early years has such an impact on the rest of their lives.

An Ode To Nursery Managers

So managing is easy? Oh! Really – would you like to take a turn? Running around like a mad thing until you feel the burn. Constantly juggling your responsibilities…