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What is the EYFS, and why is it important?

2019-11-20T13:12:20+00:00

The further you progress in your career, the more likely the conversations you have will look like acronym soup to outsiders. The EYFS, or Early Years Foundation Stage, is just one of the many acronyms that are used in the early years sector. Most early years professionals will understand it and it’s requirements intimately, but Avail [...]

What is the EYFS, and why is it important?2019-11-20T13:12:20+00:00

Communication’s the key: how to boost your ratings

2020-01-17T13:55:37+00:00

Ensuring your care setting and entire team communicate effectively, thoroughly and in the proper way as defined by the law is essential. Even with the best of intentions, miscommunication can lead to mistakes being made, and can be a barrier to the ‘Outstanding’ rating you deserve. That’s why so much of the law surrounding care is [...]

Communication’s the key: how to boost your ratings2020-01-17T13:55:37+00:00

Well-rounded learning: why Behaviour, Attitudes, Self-Esteem and British Values are so important

2019-09-24T14:44:05+01:00

We can all agree that children shouldn’t just be learning English, maths and science. This especially applies for very young children, from the ages of 0-5, which is why Ofsted produces the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage), to assist practitioners in caring for this age group. Young children’s education should be more about making sure they [...]

Well-rounded learning: why Behaviour, Attitudes, Self-Esteem and British Values are so important2019-09-24T14:44:05+01:00

Ofsted inspection shakeup: what you need to know

2019-09-16T09:11:53+01:00

Ofsted ratings matter – a lot. Most parents can smell an ‘Inadequate’ rating a mile off, and while they might not take the drastic measure of taking their child out of your nursery, new parents will be put off. Year-on-year this can reduce occupancy at your nursery, cutting your budget and making difficult decisions more likely. [...]

Ofsted inspection shakeup: what you need to know2019-09-16T09:11:53+01:00

Person-centred care

2019-09-03T11:53:46+01:00

As a carer, ‘person-centred care’, is a phrase you’ll hear a lot. It sounds obvious enough, - of course you want to focus your care around your client. In fact, ‘person-centred care’ is a phrase that is used in legislation, and there are some very strict guidelines about what can be considered ‘person-centred care’. It’s about [...]

Person-centred care2019-09-03T11:53:46+01:00

Fire Safety in the workplace

2019-09-03T11:52:36+01:00

Fire safety awareness is not just knowing where to find the nearest fire exit. It’s about being informed and prepared so you know what to do in the event of an emergency. Employers have a duty to ensure the workplace is a safe environment for all staff and visitors. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 [...]

Fire Safety in the workplace2019-09-03T11:52:36+01:00

Outstanding every day: what you need to know

2019-09-10T13:56:31+01:00

We’ve written previously about our frustration with courses that just tick boxes, and you can read that here.  But there’s another phrase you’ll hear from us a lot – our aim to make every day ‘outstanding’. These aren’t just buzzwords - they drive everything we do at Avail. There are two reasons behind our commitment to [...]

Outstanding every day: what you need to know2019-09-10T13:56:31+01:00

What is the Mental Capacity Act, and why is it important?

2019-09-03T11:49:50+01:00

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 is a piece of wide-ranging legislation that affects those who care, in any capacity, for people over the age of 16. It details the circumstances where it is possible to make a decision on behalf of someone without the mental capacity to make it themselves, and how the decision should be [...]

What is the Mental Capacity Act, and why is it important?2019-09-03T11:49:50+01:00

In the news: fresh faces at DfE and Health and Social care

2019-08-30T16:42:01+01:00

There are few sectors that are as heavily scrutinised, or as heavily regulated, as care and education. Elections can be won or lost on health and schools’ policy, so ministers and governments have to be seen to be ‘doing something’, in these areas. Education policy is one major example. In 2003, less than 1% of secondary [...]

In the news: fresh faces at DfE and Health and Social care2019-08-30T16:42:01+01:00

6 Weeks of Avail Learning Academy

2019-08-30T16:22:15+01:00

Avail Learning Academy was launched just six weeks ago, and so much has happened in that time. I’ve been overwhelmed by the feedback and support we’ve received from across the sector. We’re hard at work writing new courses and meeting with different sector groups to further our mission of providing flexible, online training solutions. The links [...]

6 Weeks of Avail Learning Academy2019-08-30T16:22:15+01:00