21Jun
2016
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Changing Times in Early Years

Read the latest article featured in NMT written by our Chief Executive, Zoe Raven. In the article Zoe guides leaders and managers in encouraging your team to embrace change, which can be difficult, but suggests it can be easier if you involve them in the same way as you involve children. Read the full article here

23Jul
2015
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An insight into effective delegation

Acorn Childcare’s Managing Director Zoe Raven has again been featured in nmt management this month. The latest article is about effectively delegating tasks to staff, and rather than using it as an opportunity to offload routine work, it should be used to stretch team members and benefit the business…

05Feb
2015
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Zoe Raven featured in Nursery Management Today magazine

Acorn Childcare’s Managing Director Zoe Raven has been featured in this month’s ​​​Nursery Management Today magazine, and the article is all about getting strategic! ​​ “Nursery owners and managers often come from a childcare background, not business, and may not be familiar with strategy and business planning. The day-to-day running of a nursery, or nurseries, […]

05Jan
2015
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Zoe’s New Year Blog

2015 will be a challenging year for day nurseries.  It is becoming increasingly clear that finding good qualified staff is getting more difficult.  As Nursery World reported recently, training providers are reporting drops of 80 per cent in applications for apprenticeships and 50 per cent for work-based Early Years Educator courses, which now require a […]

06Oct
2014
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Acorn Childcare: why we are not for profit!

The reaction of people when I tell them that I have changed my nursery business into a not-for-profit organisation usually tells me a lot about the person I’m talking to. Incredulity, incomprehension, curiosity, cynicism – the reaction varies. So, why did I do it? When I opened the first Acorn nursery 25 years ago, my […]