Supporting a bereaved employee with their religious observance

When someone dies relatives will want to ensure that they follow the family’s customs and traditions when it comes to the death. For many people their family customs and traditions involve religious observance, and as an employer we need to be informed as to what our employee’s might request under religious observance when they are […]

If you are thinking of giving signing on bonuses, read this first.

Signing on Bonuses

In recent months we have seen increased number of employers across all sectors (including Day Nurseries) offering signing on bonuses, otherwise known as Golden Hellos, to secure new employees. There are a few things the employer needs to know about these bonuses before this practice is adopted in an organisation. Consider whether this is a […]

Are people letting actions speak louder than words?

Are people letting actions speak louder than words

One thing we’ve all noticed as HR Consultants here at Redwing Solutions is the increasing numbers of employees who, rather than talk to their employer about an issue, choose to vote with their feet. It’s led us to ask this question, “Are people letting actions speak louder than words?” So far this year we have […]

Employment Law Changes from April 22

Employment law changes

We all know that April is a common time for employment law to be revised and 2022 looks to be no different. Here’s a quick round up of what we can expect to be changed from April 2022: New rates of National Minimum Wage. New Statutory Payments, SMP, SSP etc are all increasing in April […]

5 Things to consider before closing your Day Nursery or Pre-school

Closing your day nursery

Before any big decision such as closing an existing operation, the owner needs time to consider what steps will be necessary in order for the action to be completed as smoothly as possible. In this article we will consider the 5 things the owner needs to do before closing their day nursery or pre-school: Could […]

How does maternity leave impact pay rises?

How does maternity leave impact pay rises

In terms of pay increases they can happen for a variety of reasons but the most common in terms of childcare are the following: Due to an increase in the national minimum wage To recognise performance Due to promotion or increased responsibility Timing wise pay rises can occur throughout the year but since the introduction […]

What does the end of self isolation mean for Early Years?

What does the end of self isolation mean for early years

The Government has announced that it plans to remove the requirement for those who contract COVID-19 to self isolate early. Rather than 24th March 2022, this could be brought forward to as early as 24th February 2022. Given that they have been talking about the need to self isolate if you test positive for COVID-19 […]

Help, our pregnant employee is underperforming?

Help, our pregnant employee is underperforming

There’s an urban myth that you cannot tackle a pregnant employee’s underperformance. It’s not true but you need to do so in a fair manner. Firstly, sit down with the pregnant employee and discuss your concerns in a tactful manner. Questions should be framed in terms of showing empathy and support for the employee and […]

Can we deduct childcare costs from wages?

Deduct childcare cost from wages

As a rule, there is no automatic right to offset outstanding nursery fees against an employee’s wages. One must remember that whatever may be agreed, the right to make a deduction from an employee’s pay is not without limits. First of all, fees owed for childcare are those of a client and should be viewed […]

Be Slow To Anger

Be slow to anger

This week I heard a phrase that resonated with me as both a HR Consultant and a Business Owner. Be Slow to Anger. This I found to be a very powerful phrase. All too often I come across situations where Business Owners will have served their Companies and themselves best if they had been slower […]

Can we make it a requirement that staff are vaccinated in our Day Nursery?

Can we make it a requirement that staff are vaccinated in our Day Nursery?

This is a question we’ve been asked several times this week (and it’s only Wednesday!). Vaccines are not mandatory for the population in the UK and we do not expect to see vaccines made mandatory for staff who work in education or childcare. Unlike care homes that have had mandatory vaccination for those who come […]

Trips, slips or falls what do we need to do if this happens in our Nursery?

Accidents, trips, slips and falls

There have been one or two calls recently where employees have suffered mishaps in the Nursery. What needs to be done when someone suffers an injury at work? First, tend to the person and ensure they get the right treatment. Call for the first aider to render assistance as is appropriate. All that’s been done, […]

Changes to Self Certification and Reclaiming COVID SSP under the Rebate Scheme (SSPRS)

Statutory Sick Pay SSPRS

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of the Omicron variant, the Government has announced a temporary change to the sickness absence reporting regulations and the reintroduction of the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme (SSPRS). What do these changes mean for employers? 1. Sickness Absence Reporting Regulations The Government has extended the […]

How to fairly manage holiday requests

Holiday requests

The Covid 19 pandemic has had a tremendous effect on the way we plan for and take holidays from work. Now that we are relatively free to travel again, it’s likely that you might soon face a scenario where lots of staff all want to take leave at the same time. But how should you […]

Are you going to be giving an extra Bank Holiday in 2022?

Extra Bank Holiday 2002

The tree is up and the Secret Santa has been decided. With that in mind its a good idea for employers to give thought to next year’s holiday. You will need to possibly look at your contracts of employment to tell whether you will be paying for an additional holiday in 2022 or whether you […]

What should we do when staff want time off for childcare?

Time off due to Childcare

It’s not at all uncommon for staff to be unable to come to work due to their children being off school. Even this week we are hearing of children being told that they are not to attend school but instead will learn remotely due to the rising numbers of Coronavirus infections in their area. If […]

Christmas Party; How to prevent the unthinkable happening?

Christmas Party

If like many others you are planning your Christmas Party, there are a few things you may want to consider to ensure that the worst doesn’t happen at your get together. Here’s some top tips: Think about where you chose to book. Is it an appropriate venue for the business and will it result in […]

What if I have an employee intending to travel to a red list country?

The latest news is that six countries have been placed back on the red list of countries where a return to England from these six countries means compulsory quarantine for travellers. This may impact your business if you have employees who are currently overseas or who plan to be overseas during the festive period. It […]

Ideas to tackle staff lateness

Ideas to tackle lateness

Repeated lateness by a staff member can be so disruptive to a setting and the functioning of the team.  It’s a good idea to address the issue before it continues, or worse, it starts to be seen as accepted behaviour, and others start to be late too. Before you act, just take a moment to […]

Managing the risk of a dismissed employee claiming they have whistleblown

Dismissed employee claiming they have whistleblown

We’ve known for some time that employees who whistleblow are able to claim that they have made a protected disclosure. They are entitled not to suffer a detriment as a consequence of raising a protected disclosure about their workplace. The detriment might be the right not to be dismissed or to suffer a detriment such […]

Supporting staff in Early Years with their IVF journey

IVF Journey

In recent years more and more employees have been grateful that their employers have a IVF Policy, clearly setting out what they can expect if they start fertility treatment during their employment. IVF itself is a common and yet much understood workplace issue and one that needs Line Manager’s to be both supportive yet consistent […]

How can I stop them wanting to kill each other!

staff not getting along

Recently I was having a chat with a Day Nursery Owner who was asking whether it was them or whether there was something in the air with nursery personnel in general. Intrigued I asked her what she meant and was told, “I don’t know what to do it’s like they want to fooking kill each […]

Why investigating claims of misconduct in your setting is a good idea

Claims of misconduct

A thorough investigation into alleged misconduct can go a long way towards mitigating risks and establishing the appropriate steps for the employer to take in terms of the employee, policies, procedures and third parties. This is especially true in the following circumstances: where the employee might be dismissed and then claim unfair dismissal. where you […]

COVID-19 SSP Rebate Scheme is Closing 30 September 21

COVID 19 SSP Rebate Scheme

The COVID -19 SSP Rebate Scheme was put in place in May 2020 to ensure that those who needed to self isolate are able to be paid SSP from day 1 of their absence (as long as they were off for 4 days) rather than only receive SSP from day 4.  The rebate scheme also […]

So what happens if we can’t authorise leave due to the pandemic?

Holiday requests

We are now in full on holiday season. You only have to look on social media to see that many people are already away with some lucky things even being abroad! However, as well as being in late summer, we are also in a global pandemic with no sign that the virus has gone. But […]

Can I make staff take the vaccine?

Can we make it a requirement that staff are vaccinated in our Day Nursery?

The COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory. Individuals can choose when they take the offer of a vaccine or not. The fear is forcing individuals to have the vaccine will result in claims of discrimination in the courts. Popular claims we feel will be in the areas of: Disability discrimination Culture Government has had to introduce […]

Should we use Facebook to vet potential new employees?

Vetting potential employees on Facebook

It can be tempting to look for potential new employees on Facebook and other social media platforms before making a job offer? People have so much of their lives online these days. However if you are going to vet them by looking at their online presence its only fair that you tell them that this […]

How do you address staff absence due to childcare?

Absence due to childcare

Working parents taking time off to be at home with sick children is nothing new. However, we are all short staffed and with the pandemic not over it is often children who are self isolating as they have contracted COVID-19. Time off for Family Emergencies Circumstances that may give rise to needing unpaid time off […]