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How to take statements in an investigation

How to take statements in an investigation

We are often asked about whether there’s one particular way to take statements from work colleagues when conducting an investigation into allegations of misconduct on Early Years settings. The truth is there is no one way that you need to adopt, the best way is...
Fired for putting disabled daughter first

Fired for putting disabled daughter first

In a unusual case at Employment Tribunal, a Belfast mother has won a disability discrimination case against the community advice centre that employed her. Maria McKeith was awarded £19,000 in compensation after she successfully brought a claim against her employer,...
She was eating a dead leaf!

She was eating a dead leaf!

Sometimes I get five minutes to myself. If I do the place I want to be is in my garden watching my two bunnies, Dyson (he hoovers up the food) and his bunny wife Truffle. I had one of those 5 minutes this afternoon and me and my coffee sat in the garden watching the...
The malicious complaint to Ofsted by a staff member

The malicious complaint to Ofsted by a staff member

It can be very stressful being an Owner/Manager of a Early Years’ setting. Rarely is it more stressful than when you learn from Ofsted that a staff member has made a malicious complaint about you to them. This is incredibly common. When someone wants someone to...

Why can’t they just get along? Dealing with bitching staff

For a Manager, when their team isn’t working together harmoniously it’s a constant worry.  You wonder what the next person who comes through your door is going to tell you; and you worry how you will react. Your heart wants to ‘bang some heads...
Help! I think my Nursery Nurse is smoking cannabis

Help! I think my Nursery Nurse is smoking cannabis

When you read posts like this on social media, I believe a reasonable person’s heart jumps a little. Please no you think, not in a Nursery environment! From a HR perspective we are used to absenteeism, lateness, poor attitude and even those who deliberately...