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Commission calls on the Government to provide a package of changes for the Early Years Workforce

A new report on the crisis in the early years workforce has revealed that without immediate intervention and drastic action, the sector is at risk of becoming unsustainable, with almost 70% of settings anticipated operating at a loss over the last six months of 2020 and 33% suggesting they would leave the sector past their current job role.

Blue Monday: Practical mental health solutions from CACHE

Practical support for educators to support students' mental health from CACHE including free guides, resources, supporting qualifications and more.

A Slap on the Wrist for Stress

Two important points are made using that definition. First of all, stress is a feeling. It’s an internal state of mind that we create ourselves – not some external stuff that we have little or no control over. And that’s important if we want to take ownership of our stress levels and how we go about managing them. Don’t blame this third party called stress, blame your brain!

Inspirational college learner uses our qualification to progress on to university

17-year-old Emma Noble, a student from Ullswater Community College, was nominated in our 2020 Aspiration Awards for her motivation and effort during her studies and has since progressed to Higher Education.

Inspirational teacher receives record breaking number of nominations in prestigious awards

Julia Chaplin, a tutor at Brooklands College, received an impressive number of nominations in our 2020 Aspiration Awards in the Tutor of the Year category. The award recognises educators who have gone over and above to support their learners and receiving such a high number of nominations shows Julia has certainly left her mark on those she teaches.

Dedicated college student progresses through further education with the help of our qualification

Originally enrolled onto his Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner qualification as a late starter, Raja wasn’t going to let that stop him from achieving his goals. He was soon known by all learners and tutors within the college because of his friendly and considerate personality.

Newly qualified tutor supports learners to achieve 100% attendance during lockdown

Sharon Chatyoka, a Health and Social Care lecturer at Berkshire College of Agriculture, was nominated in our 2020 Aspiration Awards for the dedication and impact she demonstrates through her teaching.

Desperately seeking normal: Outdoors learning and children’s wellbeing

Learning occurs every day in every situation. Sometimes removing the walls and empowering teachers, with time to spend talking to their children, will facilitate learning and will empower children. This awareness will help children to help themselves and, together, we will navigate our new normal.

Nutrition and children's mental health

According to the Mental Health Foundation, mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. The term mental health is, thankfully, becoming more accepted and understood as are the variety of issues that have come to be known under the general term of ‘mental health’.

Mental health during the early years

The ‘early years’ of educating children are critical in preparing them for life at school and life in general. Part of this preparation includes helping children to have good mental health.

What’s the future for practical assessments?

Paul Miller, CEO and Founder of VEO, discusses what the future for practical assessments may look like.

CPD in lockdown – an assessor’s point of view

Ilona, an assessor of CACHE qualifications at Oaklands College, found her role completely changed when the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic reached the UK. She was initially concerned about how to support her students, but soon realised the benefits of CACHE CPD qualifications to her college, the learners and her own development.

Play after lockdown – advice from Play England

One of the most toxic effects to come out of the current pandemic is the destructive impact it has had on children’s play; the spaces they play in, the degree of freedom they experience and their ability to choose what they do and how they do it.

RSHE: What is the priority?

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 – George’s story

In the lead up to Mental Health Awareness Week which started on 18th May we spoke to George, a Samaritans listening volunteer, who wanted to share his story and advice.

Supporting Mental Health Awareness Week – raising awareness, encouraging conversations and showing a little kindness

Once again, CACHE is getting involved in this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, an annual campaign hosted by the Mental Health Foundation.

Supporting the early years sector

As a sector, we are adept at reacting and quickly responding to change, whether that be in terms of government policies, workplace changes or education updates. We are also all too familiar with dealing with challenging circumstances outside of our control. However, at times it can be hard to comprehend the scale of the uncertainty and challenge currently faced by the sector and wider society in the face of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

5 tips for working remotely

In these uncertain times, many of us now face working from home for the foreseeable future which can be daunting. Research has shown that working remotely can come with different challenges, including loneliness, distractions, communication issues, and missing a sense of belonging.

Stress can be stressful

Jo Morton-Brown works as an Emotional Health Practitioner, blending different roles into one; Jo is a BACP accredited school-based counsellor, a family support worker, and a provider of training to adults on mental health in children and young people.

How to build resilience to combat stress

Stress and resilience is hugely significant in person-focused roles such as health and social care. Senior Social Work Lecturer, Stephen Mordue, explores the three pillars of resilience and how we can make small changes in our lives to build resilience and combat stress in professional practice.

The effect of stress on young people

This month is National Stress Awareness Month, a campaign set up to raise awareness of the growing impact stress has on society and outline the ways in which people affected can seek support. This is an especially important initiative for our sectors and we welcome centres to join us in supporting this awareness month.

Raising expectations in intergenerational interventions – should we?

National Intergenerational Week (23rd – 29th March) is all about celebrating those moments and places where different age groups come together for a shared benefit.

Young carers share their stories

Recent research from Action for Children found that young carers average £12,000 of unpaid work a year.

An introduction to T Levels in Education and Childcare from CACHE

In February last year, the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute) and the Department for Education (DfE) announced they had chosen NCFE to be the delivery partner for the Education and Childcare T Level.

CACHE Conferences 2020

We were delighted to welcome close to 300 delegates to our recent conferences held in London and Leeds. Delegates at this year’s events had the opportunity to hear from leading experts from a broad range of fields such as, social care, neurology, mental health, and intergenerational care.

Commission Launched on Future of the Early Years Workforce

A group of early years sector experts have joined forces to launch the Early Years Workforce Commission, to undertake a review of the workforce challenges facing the sector and develop comprehensive and workable solutions.

Tips for teachers: Preparing for an Ofsted inspection

Following the introduction of the new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) this blog provides useful tips for teachers on how to prepare for Ofsted inspections.

Withdrawal of government funding for low volume qualifications

The Government has issued further information on the withdrawal of funding approval from qualifications with low and no publicly funded enrolments, as part of the Level 3 and below review.

Do shorter school break times harm children’s health and wellbeing?

‘Breaktime and social life in schools’ (BaSiS) is a recent research project to consider the impact of reduced break times to holistic health and wellbeing.

We’re #AllFiredUp for National Apprenticeship Week!

Organised by the government, National Apprenticeship Week (3-7 February) is an annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships across England.

Time to make a difference: improving the lives of children and their families

With the rise of mental health issues in children and young people during recent years, according to the Children’s Society, children’s happiness with life is at its lowest in a decade.

New CPD qualification for Early Years Practitioners developed by CACHE

CACHE has developed a new CPD qualification for practitioners working in Early Years settings, to support learners to take on the role of a PANCo. Early Years experts from PurpleBee Learning and the Cambridge Childhood Partnership (CCP), have shown their support for this qualification.

Self care and resilience – Stephen Mordue

In this article originally written for CACHE Alumni, Stephen Mordue discusses how the role of emotional resilience is essential for being able to cope with the stressors of our day to day lives.

Children’s Care, Learning and Development qualifications

We communicated with you in March 2019 regarding changes to the Children’s Care, Learning and Development qualifications. We now have more information we’d like to share.

Recruit, Retain, Upskill: Developing a Gold Standard Childcare Workforce

November saw Hawk Training and CACHE host a joint event at London’s Crowne Plaza Hotel with the theme Recruit, Retain, Upskill. The aim of the event was to bring the early years sector together to address common challenges, share best practice, network and get new ideas on recruiting and retaining the best talent to develop a gold standard childcare workforce.

The change process, parents and Relationships, Sex and Health Education

Consulting parents about the school Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) policy is a requirement of the new legislation which applies from September 2020. Lucy Emmerson, Director at Sex Education Forum discusses some of the steps your school could take to build regular communication about RSE and Health Education.

5 benefits of accredited training

Getting your internal and external training accredited can provide employers, companies and learners with a range of benefits that can add to the value and quality of your training programmes.

Kick start careers in care at school

Careers in social care and early years education offer long term career prospects with opportunity for promotion and progression, as well as job security.

The forgotten workforce: supporting carers’ rights

Every day 6,000 people in the UK become carers, often this is something that has not been planned which leaves individuals feeling unprepared, bewildered and overwhelmed.

The future of care: how technology is transforming care

From mobile lifting chairs helping a person up after a fall, to self-steadying cutlery assisting those with hand tremors, technology in health and social care is on the rise and could change the sector beyond recognition.

Building on our T level success

NCFE wins contracts to deliver further five T Levels from 2021

- Leading awarding organisation wins contract to develop T Levels for Digital Business Services, Digital Support Services, Health, Healthcare Science and Science T Levels -

Where are all the childminders?

Key messages from CACHE

Getting ready for RSHE

Nutrition and Hydration Week