Linda’s Blog

Linda Baston-Pitt, PurpleBee CEO and co-founder of the PANCo qualification,
shares her thoughts, insights and advice.

Communicating the wellbeing message

Communicating the wellbeing message

The need to curate and communicate information to support staff wellbeing has never been more crucial. So how do we communicate through wellbeing boards? Linda Baston-Pitt explores how in this months blog.

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Where there is wellbeing there is a way!

Where there is wellbeing there is a way!

Leaders and managers are constantly dealing with not just managing their nurseries but also the negative impact of the pandemic. In this blog, Linda details how to integrate wellbeing into leadership.

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Start Life Well

Start Life Well

Whether you’re a nursery, school, after school club or childminder our goal is to it make easier than ever for every setting to create a healthier environment for children, staff and parents using our NEW Start Life Well toolkit and Award Scheme.

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Leadership: Staff Well-Being

Leadership: Staff Well-Being

Staff well-being is more of a focus than ever under the new Education Inspection Framework. Annette Rawstrone from Nursery World reports. Read the excerpt from Linda Baston-Pitt, PurpleBee Learning here.

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Working on wellbeing through winter

Working on wellbeing through winter

During the long, dark winter months it can be difficult to keep morale high and especially difficult this year with potentially more lockdowns and isolation. Linda talks about the importance of wellbeing during the winter.

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Leading well through Covid

Leading well through Covid

Over and above your settings essential health and safety assessments, there are some essential skills and abilities that you and your team need to possess that can help you to navigate your way through the crisis. Find out about the 3 ‘R’s’ of Early Years Leadership.

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PurpleBee PANCOs are leading the way!

PurpleBee PANCOs are leading the way!

A huge well done to our first group of amazing students who have worked exceptionally hard to become fully fledged Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinators having achieved their PurpleBee CACHE L4 Award: Become a PANCo.

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A PurpleBee and CACHE collaboration!

A PurpleBee and CACHE collaboration!

Good health and well-being is essential for people of all ages, and the best way to form healthy habits is to start from a young age. This is why the Physical Activity and Nutrition Co-ordinator (PANCo) role in Early Years settings has been developed.

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Wellbeing for all in Early Years

Wellbeing for all in Early Years

What a fantastic weekend at the EY Matters inaugural Health and Wellbeing for All in Early Years conference at Bath Spa University. It was an action packed day, full of discussion, sharing ideas and reflection.

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Wellbeing: Time to Join the Dots

Wellbeing: Time to Join the Dots

Wellbeing is experienced when we feel good and we feel that our lives are going well so it’s not surprising that we all have a different idea of what it means in practice.

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Becoming a Positive Leader

Becoming a Positive Leader

A group of Early Years professionals from an award-winning nursery in Cambridgeshire were the first ever to achieve the new PurpleBee ILM Positive Leadership Award.

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Lever those assets!

Lever those assets!

Linda Baston-Pitt affirms the need for the sector to pull together and calls for more brainstorming events like the Early Years Workforce Roundtable, hosted by CEEDA.

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Children First!

Children First!

If there was ever a time for policymakers to put children first, based on some of the alarming statistics that are emerging, it has to be now! Read why we support the Children First campaign.

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Leading the way online

Leading the way online

Lisa (OSH) & Gemma ( PurpleBee) introduce the online mentoring programme they devised and piloted, which helped win the Training category of the NMT Nursery Awards.

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Are your staff happy?

Are your staff happy?

Our sector now appreciates the importance of child wellbeing as an integral part of the curriculum, but we need to ensure that our staff are also on board if we want them and our nurseries to truly flourish.

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Mindfulness Masterclass

Mindfulness Masterclass

PurpleBee delivers a Mindfulness masterclass in Cambridge. We had a fun filled day with lots of time to practice mindfulness and to explore how we could embed it into our daily practice and lives.

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Who am I?

Who am I?

We often fail to identify or make best use of our people’s strengths. Linda Baston-Pitt suggests a fun way of turning this round and building your team’s self-awareness and confidence.

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Motivation through learning

Motivation through learning

Do you want to create a motivating environment? Then we need to think hard about how we can work harmoniously together learning in the workflow.

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Maintaining Excellence

Maintaining Excellence

Linda Baston-Pitt congratulates the sector for its enthusiasm and dedication despite the challenges, and urges the government to support this excellence in real terms.

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Play to your strengths

Play to your strengths

We all like to think we have a great deal to offer the people we work with but we are not always good at articulating just what our strong points are or how we use them.

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