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Poppy33

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    Nursery practitioner
  1. Setting up new nursery - eek!

    Hi Stargrower, JJA and Rebecca thank you very much for your quick and helpful replies! I know I'm on a steep learning curve, but a chance like this doesn't present itself twice, so I've decided I'm going for it! No doubt I'll be back here with lots more questions soon : ) Gratefully Poppy33
  2. Hi all you lovely and knowledgeable people : ) After many years of working with children I have been offered the chance to set up a new nursery in an old children's centre. I am very excited but there's so much to learn! I am currently thinking about staffing; we will have up to 24 children, incl. up to eight 2 year olds. We will be open from 8am-6pm (that was a council requirement). I am hoping to have 3 L3+ key people (incl. myself) and up to 3 assistants. I am getting a headache trying to work out staff rotas, I was hoping to stick with the CC 37.5/week and have early and late shifts to cover setting up and tidy up. I also want to make sure that keypeople are there to greet their children and to feed back at the end of the day. Would any of you lovely people be willing to share your staff shifts with me to get me started? in anticipation Poppy PS: We are hoping to open in April, but maybe that's ambitious...
  3. notice period for term-time staff

    Thank you for all your replies. I do realize it puts my current employer in a tricky situation, but the new job is in a school, so I really need to start in September to help settle my new key children. It would not be in the children's best interest if I start forming relationships with the new children at my current setting only to leave a few weeks later. I think my manager has accepted that, but the atmosphere has been very tense : ( Poppy
  4. Hi, I really hope one of you can help me with this:I currently work in a term-time only preschool. I had an interview for a reception post at a lovely near-by school and got offered the post to start in September. My contract has quite a long notice period of 8 weeks, but I gave notice yesterday, so should b free to start on 3rd September. So far so good. However when I handed in my notice, my supervisor said we would need to investigate the notice period, as it should be 8 working weeks during term time. She said even if it doesn't say so in the contract this was implied. Now my husband thinks this is rubbish. What should I do? I look forward to your replies. Poppy
  5. Hi, I really hope one of you can help me with this:I currently work in a term-time only preschool. I had an interview for a reception post at a lovely near-by school and got offered the post to start in September. My contract has quite a long notice period of 8 weeks, but I gave notice yesterday, so should b free to start on 3rd September. So far so good. However when I handed in my notice, my supervisor said we would need to investigate the notice period, as it should be 8 working weeks during term time. She said even if it doesn't say so in the contract this was implied. Now my husband thinks this is rubbish. What should I do? I look forward to your replies. Poppy
  6. Hi Mrsblazer, thank you for your feedback, skewers are a good idea too, that would also promote their fine motor skills ; ) So far have been able to locate all the fruit apart from Guava, wonder if I can do it without if not I'll have to think about something new : O Poppy
  7. Hi lovely people, I wonder if you could help me. I have just received news that I have been shortlisted for the above post. I am currently working in a playgroup. For the class task: "we would like to know how you set up inviting play activities and how you then facilitate learning by interacting with the children." I am asked to base this on a well-known story and it should last ~25min. I thought I would like to base this on 'Handa's Surprise' and bring in a basket of the fruits from the story, printed out fruit labels, and a bowl, some knives and chopping boards. I was planning to check for allergies, then get the children to handle the fruit, guess the names, try to read the labels and match it to the fruit, then (if there is time) make a fruit salad (after washing hands) with them, all the time inviting the children to talk about the sizes, weights, colours, smell etc. Does this sound ok to you? What particular areas of learning should I support in FSU? Do you think 25min is enough? I don't know how many children, it just says "small class". Sorry for so many questions, just not sure. Thanks, Poppy
  8. Ke312 Open University

    Loved the video, Deb. Just handed in TMA05, TMA07 due in two weeks - Aaargh!!! Poppy PS You forgotten the piles of chocolate..
  9. Anyone Doing/finished E105

    Unfortunately, I have to 2nd footychick. I really enjoyed E100, but can't say the same about this module. Requires a lot of support/time from the setting, too, which I found hard. And you have to constantly find sth you were bad at before, so you can say how much better this course has made you Poppy
  10. Thank you everyone for your replies, got some wood from B&Q in the end and got them to cut it up. Had some very successful sessions with it so far, with the 'littlies' making buses and racing cars (I esp like one little girl's bright pink version : ) I like the look of that stubby hammer, might get one to try next time I'm at Maplin's. P
  11. Downloadable Games

    There is a whole suite of pre-school games called GCompris, well over 50 games and all are good quality. You can play them in many different languages too. I currently use a 'learn your colours' game with our EAL children, first in their own language and once they're familiar with their game in English. The results so far are fab! There are letter/ word/ number recognition games and some mouse control ones designed for the very young ( I use it with our under 3s.) There are tell the time and how to work out right from left etc etc etc. I LOVE this suite and have been using it for years, best of all it's open source, so completely free and if any new games get added to the suite you just download them for free, too. They are designed for the Linux operating system, which personally I find much more intuitive and easier to use than Windows and the children learn to navigate it very quickly. In fact every setting I have shown this too ended up installing Linux. It's really not that difficult to switch and you can even install it side-by-side with Windows so you can choose at start-up which operating system you want to use. But to be honest once you're used to it you probably won't miss Windows much. As you can see I am rather biased, but it is the best thing I have come across. Why pay for software and help multi-millionaires get even richer when there is excellent open source software out there already? Once you've got it, there is loads more you will have access to... Feel free to pm me if you like help with the installation aspect Poppy
  12. thanks Nicky, that's great! Will give them a call tomorrow. Poppy
  13. do they have a website? tried googling, but not the easiest name to find... Poppy
  14. can I ask where you get your wood from? In my last setting, we used off-cuts from local saw mills etc, but my current manager would prefer to buy soft wood, such as balsa, but having looked into that, it seems very expensive to mail order. Does anyone know of a good supply for safe, soft wood please? Already got the wheels. Kingsway do some great deals, so very excited to get started! thank you Poppy
  15. Survey Ideas

    Dear all, I feel a bit stuck and hope for some inspiration. As part of my current module, I am to carry out an investigation into my practice in relation to working with parents. My problem is, I am about to move settings, so will need to do this without the parents actually knowing me. Because of this I decided to focus on how I can help children during transitions. But I'm not sure what questions I could ask that relate to me (rather than my setting's policy). Does this make sense? P
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