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hopeytg last won the day on August 27

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  1. 2 years funded child

    we don't have a rating with our new registration number (recently changed from committee to privately owned) and we have funded 2 yr olds - worth speaking to your LA
  2. I feel your pain - I have one member of staff who consistently submits less observations than any of the others - we have just moved to the Focus Child and it is even more evident now - I have recently paid for all staff to attend a course on observations so we all had the same information and no change - next step will be that difficult conversation after half term. This is one part of the role I hate - we are a small team who are friends outside of work and it is really difficult but I start the conversation by saying 'I have my manager's hat on now........' I am very guilty of not delegating as I seem to spend as much time chasing up others to do the job as it would have taken me to do it in the first place - then moan I am drowning under my 'to do list'. I have gone to the extreme of timetabling jobs and allocating to staff - ie Monday - fill up toilet rolls, soap dispenser etc - seems over the top but it does ensure the jobs are shared out and hopefully completed.
  3. Coping with change

    lsp - that's the one I use and it drives them mad - they dread me having a 'quiet' evening as it usually results in lots of suggestions - I also have staff who struggle with change and am reassured by the fact that I am not alone. Our profession constantly changes, not just the legal requirements but the day to day stuff - what works one day inevitably doesn't work the next which is why I also struggle to understand why practitioners struggle with any change. I am afraid to say there are times when it is tough love and they do as they are told.
  4. Reconfirming 30 hours eligibility

    Non of my parents had received a reminder - some received an email saying their funding had stopped as they had not renewed!! You can imagine the panic - I have sent all of them my own reminder and our portal shows those parents who have reconfirmed so I am keeping an eye on it - but it is more work for me again.
  5. Next Steps ... new article published

    thank you Rebecca - that is very helpful - 'next steps' is one thing we always struggle with
  6. Mother Goose - we didn't have much in the bank and what was there paid for the valuation,solicitors etc on behalf of the committee. We came out of the PLA a while before we transferred partly because of the 'returning assets' but mainly because they had done nothing for us for years. The valuation was done by someone recommended by the solicitor. It took about 2 years to complete the whole process but worth it. Happy to help where I can
  7. I created a CIC - Community Interest Company - no need for a committee/trustees - just me - I was originally the manager of a committee run - bought it and created a Ltd Co but the Parish Council I rent land from didn't like the fact I was Ltd so it was very easy to change to CIC - the only difference being the business is 'not for profit' - as if we are ever going to make a profit!! I held a EGM and the parents agreed to 'sell' the business - it was then independently valued and with the cost of staff redundancies taken into account I paid the valuation to take over the business.
  8. I have done this myself and just had a member of staff finish, I am not sure if all Uni's are the same but we were in Uni for 1 day a week - I was fortunate that we both work part time so the day in Uni was just scheduled into the rota but we did get paid. My latest member of staff managed her placements on her days off - she did not have to do it in full weekly blocks as long as the number of hours were completed - however other staff were available to cover when needed. Her 0-2 placement was only 2 weeks. We received £7000 to cover staffing costs and also used it to improve the setting as part one of her projects. It is a lot of work - I was a mentor as I already had the qualification but Uni will provide one if you have nobody suitable (this was at a cost but it could come out of the £7000) - I was paid for my time in addition to my normal hours. I also had to attend a couple of training sessions at the Uni. Please shout if you have any other questions but I would say it is well worth it.
  9. checking codes for 30 hours

    Written permission to validate the code?? This is new one on me - surely the fact that they have given you the code means they give permission?
  10. Hot Weather..

    we had our summer trip today and it was hard with it being so hot - the children definitely coped better than the staff - never been more grateful for an air conditioned coach Good luck Froglet - I only took 27!!
  11. Toileting

    Reading with interest - we already have a jazzy toilet area but one little lad is just refusing to train - not helped by Mum who is on board with us trying but not supporting at home - 'he says he doesn't want to'
  12. Ofsted Inspection/Chair

    How you would deal with an allegation against a member of staff.
  13. temperature of nursery

    I posted my reply then needed to check to be sure