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JPB

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JPB last won the day on July 10 2015

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    Nursery practitioner
  1. We are looking for a full-time leader for our six place baby room - Little Stars. The post includes job sharing the role of Deputy Manager. We are a small, busy and friendly nursery in a village location with good transport links to Sheffield. Staff retention averages just over 6 years years and we have a good rating with OFSTED, maintained over 16 years. Please down load the job description and application form or contact the Manager, Julia, for more information.Deputy Manager and Baby Room Leader Sept 17.docxJob Application Form Deputy Manager.doc <bdo dir="rtl">ku<!-- usg -->.oc.gni<!-- rzz -->rps-se<!-- shc -->m<span><!-- iqx -->uoc@</span>ofni</bdo> 0114 2862100
  2. Early Years Capital Fund Grants...

    Just wondering how everyone is getting on. We have finally got the draft funding agreement.
  3. Early Years Capital Fund Grants...

    We don't yet know what the process will be for drawing down the funding. I am getting on with planning permission and will use our own 20% funding to meet any expenses over the next few weeks. Our builder is aiming to get the building in place by August or September but this will depend on the paperwork side of things. We have not had confirmation of an extended requirement for a completion date as the agreement is still being drawn up. The area to be used for the new building includes the space where our garage (storage) is currently sited so we are clearing it out and working out where to put a couple of sheds instead! We have also started full publicity to let people know about the 30 hour extended entitlement - now I can add the news that we will have additional places to meet the demand!
  4. Early Years Capital Fund Grants...

    Thank you for the news that the 2nd wave of applications has been published - I've checked and our name is there! Although we had verbal confirmation this is the first time I have seen it in black and white. It seems less surreal now!
  5. Early Years Capital Fund Grants...

    We too have just been told that our bid has now been accepted. Fantastic News! It felt a little surreal as I could find no reference in the media to the additional funding now being available - hence my last post! I am waiting for further information about time scales. My builder would still like to get the units in place during the summer holidays but I don't know if we will be able to get the planning permission through in time. Lots to do!
  6. Early Years Capital Fund Grants...

    Apparently more money has been made available so more bids have now been accepted. Has anyone else heard this?
  7. I have also been informed today that our funding has not been approved. I am told that only 2 out of the 6 applications made by our LEA have been approved - is this the same local authority I wonder? I am not sure what will happen next or whether there is a way to appeal. I am not yet aware of the reason given for the rejection but would be surprised if it was due to being over subscribed, given that LEAs were allocated a set number of projects. It feels as though the Government set the whole thing up to fail and had a budget in mind that was a great deal lower than the £40 million promised.
  8. Email from Ofsted?

    I'm glad I have seen this thread as it has saved a phone call to OFSTED. I opened the email but have not replied as I didn't think it was genuine. I'm very suspicious of randon emails purporting to be from organisations and would not have completed it without checking it's authenticity. I haven't a clue how it relates to the finance legislation mentioned - I haven't had requests from other organisations for information!
  9. National Living Wage

    Where are the press releases by bodies like NDNA and PLA? It is unimaginable how smaller settings (and maybe even bigger settings) will survive the double whammy of providing 30 hours at LA rates AND manage the Living Wage. If I keep our very modest pay differentials the wages bill will go up by over £1000.00 per month - where is that going to come from? Our LA FEL rate was reduced this year....... I despair. The ambition of closing the gap for disadvanted children will hardly succeed through nurseries choosing between going bankrupt or losing experienced staff in favour of modern apprentices.
  10. EARLY YEARS LEADER AND DEPUTY MANAGER (MATERNITY COVER) Coumes Spring Children’s Centre is registered as a Private Day Nursery for up to 34 children age 0 – 11. Our staff team are dedicated, caring and friendly and our ethos is “Learning through Play for a Happy Start in Life”. We are open from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. every day apart from one to two weeks over Christmas. We are registered for Free Early Learning for 2, 3 and 4 year olds and offer full day care in addition. We are situated in the grounds of our local primary school and provide breakfast club and after-school club for children up to age 11. In addition, we run a holiday playscheme which is open to all children across Sheffield, age 2 – 11 years. We also take part in a scheme to provide places in our playscheme for children with a wide variety of disabilities. As Early Years Leader/Deputy Manager your duties will include; Leading delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage across the whole setting by working directly with children, families, practitioners, students and other professionals. Providing advice and guidance as required. Job sharing the role of Room Leader for the Rising Stars Room (children age 2 – 4) and working with the Out-of-School co-ordinator to include children age 4 – 11. Leading planning meetings for staff, encouraging them to contribute their ideas and to share their knowledge of the developmental needs of children in their key worker groups. Taking responsibility for a group of children as key person. Deputising for the manager in her absence. Currently, there is a requirement to deputise for the manager for 1 ½ days per week and you will be super-numerary during these times. You will be responsible to the Manager and will work with them, discussing and mutually agreeing new policies or initiatives. QUALIFICATIONS: A degree or foundation degree in Early Childhood Studies (or working towards this.) Early Years Professional Status would be desirable. Level 3 qualification in Childcare and Education. At least three years post qualifying experience at level 3, in a group setting including supervisory duties, is essential. QUALITIES: The ability to empathise with children and respect their individual needs. The ability to inspire and to offer positive feedback for children, staff and parents. Good organisational skills. Good language and literacy skills. HOURS: 30 hours per week. (There is some flexibility in the number of hours and it may be possible to reduce the number to 20 if this is preferred.) SALARY: To be discussed. EMPLOYEE BENEFITS: Westfield contributions at level 2. PENSION: Employee contribution stakeholder pension currently available. TERMS: Short term contract to provide maternity cover for a period of 6 to 7 months. WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!
  11. Bank Holidays

    I also run a day nursery. We pay our staff all year including bank holidays and annual leave but we do not charge parents for bank holidays or other times when we are closed. Those whose children attend all year round and opt for monthly payments are just charged for 48 weeks (allowing for bank holidays, our weeks closure after Christmas and a couple of weeks for parents own leave) this is then spread over 12 equal monthly payments. However, when setting fees I do have to ensure that all costs are covered by fee and FEL income so I suppose the parents are paying for the closure times really.
  12. Currently we are using a plastic Quadro climbing frame that we can make into different configerations. It is used by our nursery children age 2 to 4 but we have recently restricted it's use by our out-of-school age children 5 - 10. Some staff are concerned that this equipment can feel "wobbly" and that if too many children hang on to one side it could tip. Also the plastic can be slippery when it rains. The problem is: What would be safer? What problems have people experienced with other types of frames? I have scary memories of metal frames used in gardens by families when my own children were small and I believe wood can get slippery when wet.
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