Right people im in need of some like minded people who operate in the moment.
We started in the moment after Christmas holiday, yet its good in some ways but im hitting way too many obstacles for my liking and the staffs! i feel im doing something wrong or if im not then its just not for us!
Our set-up: We are pack away and are open on two days for 2 sessions and lunch, then on the other three days we are open for a 3 hour session each day. we have up to 35 children each sessions just in the pre school area. We have two rooms which children free flo through, and an outdoor area off one of the rooms. we operate on a 1:8, staff are on rota for each room.
We currently have 10% focus children over a term (i know this ones a short term so bit more hectic in terms of fitting every child in over a 10 week period) the focus sheet is then disused with parents after and around three next steps are derived from it to continue working on.
Other children are set one next step to be looking at on an ongoing basis (not confident yet to get rid of next steps all together)
My issues! staff are getting the focus child bit (Just) and know what i mean when i say run with the child's interest and expand that day or in very near future such as next day, but they arnt doing it! they are putting in much more quality teaching during the play but then are trying to record it (tapestry) there and then as no non contact is given and due to staffing its now not going to be possible for a while to even think of this route. Ive tried all the empowering speechs etc and examples but interests are not being fulfilled therefore not taking the child to their potential and challenging their learning with new vocab/experiences etc.
Children might be playing in say home corner then take that play into other room so then staff member can not follow child to remain in play with them or build on what child and they have been talking about.
Staff are struggling with having the time to give quality, sustained interactions as a child needs this, another needs toilet another needs that and oh there arguing in corner - you know im sure how it is!
now thats us, long winded but thought it was best to try and give it in context to how we are set up, most sessions are hectic and fast paced as being pack a way the end of the session is lost to tidying away.
Any ideas where im going wrong, why its not working? in my head and in the book its fantastic and i tried to tweak it to our setting and using tapestry but it feels all wrong.