Early Years UK

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Having worked in the Early Years Childcare sector for 23 years it was saddening to hear the Deputy Prime Minister speaking yesterday, avoiding answering any questions regarding the increase of funding so that we can raise our wages to an acceptable level for the invaluable job that we do. Whilst i applaud his stance on promoting help for working parents through low childcare costs and balanced parental leave, it appears that the providers of the low cost childcare are not considered at all and our jobs are among the most poorly paid in the country. Couple this with the push for a Qualified Teacher in every setting, it is clear that the government still do not have a clue as to the vital and professional job that an Early Years Practitioner does with the young children of this country. We are not teachers, I did not come into this job to be a teacher and would rather the qualifications and experience that we have now be held in high esteem rather than trying to make us into something we are not. There was also no answer to the question of funding for the training needed. Please look at the Preschool Learning Alliance Early Years Agenda Report. This shows clearly what the sector feels about the governments proposals and yet it still seems that this factual data is not being listened to.

Become a Better Writer Through Your Local Library

love this guy’s drive and motivation

Phoenix Publishing and Book Promotion

Become a Better Writer Through Your Local Library

by Nick Nebelsky

For the past three years, I have concentrated on writing and illustrating children’s books and story apps.Most recently, my books have centered on a turtle with a square shell who gets bullied.

sheldon coversThe books have done quite well and were featured in eight Costco stores throughout Arizona and North Carolina. As apps, both made two “Top 10 Apps” lists, one from Barnes and Noble, and one from SmartAppsForKids.com. I’ve also published 10 apps, seven of which are children’s story apps, with nearly 20,000 downloads. I was on my way to illustrating the next book in the series when something changed my course. I came up with the idea to write my first novel. I wanted to challenge myself and push the boundaries of what I thought I could do with my writing. I also realized that in…

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Resistance

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I’m loving a new book that i’m reading at the moment – ‘The War of Art’ by Steven Pressfield. It speaks about resistance to the creative person, and i’m sure that i’m not the only one to is prone to procrastination or who finds working from home an art form in itself. The difference in myself and my husband when working from home:

Me: Clear up the kitchen, put some washing on, walk the dogs, make a cup of coffee, finally switch on the computer and sit down to work!!

Hubbie: Make a cup of tea, sit down to work!

Maybe its just the differences between us or men and women generally, who knows but see what you think to this;

‘The most pernicious aspect of procrastination is that it can become a habit. we don’t just put off our lives today; we put them off til our deathbed. Never forget:This very moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our destiny. This second, we can turn the tables on resistance. This second, we can sit down and do our work.’ Steven Pressfield

Happy New Year

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Well hello there, its a new year and an exciting new journey for me. My first blog! i’m hoping that you will all help me on my journey as i am a total newbie at this but looking forward to sharing my thoughts, ideas and the wonderful characters from my books. I’d also love to hear what inspires you and if you are as big on procrastination as i am!! so for no……keep swimming!