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  • Early years

    Early years mental health activities

    26 October 2020 By Yellow Door

    Emotional well-being and resilience are vital to the development of young children, providing them with foundational skills for their adult life. Children who can understand, express, and regulate their emotions are well equipped for facing challenges, learning effectively, and planning how to manage themselves when experiencing emotional difficulties.

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  • Meet the education procurement team - Zain

    21 October 2020 By Zain Malik - Procurement Project Support at YPO

    Zain started his YPO journey on the apprenticeship scheme four years ago and has never looked back. He studied business administration whilst working in the business change team and is currently studying for his chartered institute of procurement supply (CIPS) qualification, alongside his full time role supporting our education customers with their procurement projects.

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  • Flourishing after lockdown

    20 October 2020 By Habiba Khan, Preschool Room Leader/SENCO at Creative Child Nursery

    After being enveloped in the safety and familiarity of their homes for so long, we could only imagine how daunting it would be for our children to contemplate emerging from the comfort of their loved ones and venture back into a drastically changed world. It was vital for us to maintain our children’s happiness, to welcome them back into their home away from home and most importantly, to prioritise their wellbeing. With all that in mind, we enriched our outdoor learning environment and bought nature back into our setting.

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  • woman ticking off checklist on notepad

    Writing a specification for temporary recruitment

    19 October 2020 By Lucy Simpson - Category Buyer for HR Services at YPO

    Having a strong specification to find a provider to manage your temporary recruitment requirements increases the chances of having a successful service. Here's a checklist of things to consider whilst writing your specification!

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  • icicles on school building

    Five cleaning tips to help you prepare for winter

    16 October 2020 By Jonathan Carr - Assistant Category Buyer of Cleaning and Hygiene at YPO

    The dark nights are starting to close in, which can mean only one thing, winter is coming! Here’s our top five cleaning tips to help you with the winter months and prepare for the cold times ahead.

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  • dad working from home with daughter

    Increased flexibility in the workplace

    14 October 2020 By John Quirk - TMP and Ebony Armitage - YPO

    Flexible working is a way of working that suits employers and employee needs. For example, flexible working arrangements can include having flexible start and finish times or working from home when necessary.

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  • Meet the education procurement team - Liann

    14 October 2020 By Liann Thomson - MAT Relationship Manager at YPO

    Liann has worked at YPO for nearly five years where her role has evolved massively. Now leading the education procurement team, Liann is responsible for managing the partnerships with YPO's MAT customers and pulling together their procurement tender responses.

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  • Meet the education procurement team - Amanda

    06 October 2020 By Amanda Quinn - Procurement Projects Delivery Lead at YPO

    Amanda has worked at YPO for 11 years and loves working for an organisation that gives back to the public sector, with brilliant core values who really cares about its customers and employees.

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  • specialist vehicles

    Flexible contract hire options for uncertain times

    05 October 2020 By Paul Connor - Head of Tenders and Procurement at Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS)

    SFS gives an overview of the benefits of contract hire over outright purchase, in particular for local authorities dealing with the after-effects of lock-down and ongoing uncertainty about the future.

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  • elderly man video calling family

    Managing mental health through Covid-19

    05 October 2020 By The YPO team

    Many of us are struggling with our mental health more than ever during the current pandemic however this is not something you should be hard on yourself about. We are out of routine; we've been stuck at home, adjusting to new working environments but most importantly we are trying to keep each other safe.

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