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  1. An enthusiastic, self-motivated and dynamic Manager is required for a Preschool in CB22. Previous experience of managing a childcare team, a minimum Level 3 Early Years qualification and a professional and caring manner are essential. Forest School and CPDP qualifications are also desirable. This is a permanent, term-time only position for 30 hours per week. The successful candidate will have an excellent understanding of the EYFS, Ofsted requirements and childcare legislation; a child-centred approach to learning through play; strong communication and organisational skills and be committed to providing the highest quality care and learning opportunities through an extensive range of well-planned activities. A competitive rate of pay from £16.5k per annum is offered, subject to qualifications and experience. Please email for an application pack. Successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview and trial session at the preschool. Please note that applicants who do not hold the required qualifications will not be considered for this position. The Preschool is committed to safeguarding children and an enhanced DBS and two satisfactory references are required.
  2. Hi finleysmaid - can I ask which bit you feel is relevent to moving to a CIC? It seems to be addressing myths around the roll out of the 30 hour scheme, but I may be missing something.??
  3. @Hopeytg - I'm actually in a similar position and wondering if you could share a bit more about your experience? Everything I've read suggests that as our pre-school is a registered charity following the PLA 2011 constitution, that we would have to return all assets to the Pre-school Learning Alliance, and that the new CIC would not be able to benefit from any funds in the bank. What happened to any cash reserves that you had? Who independently valued the business? Any insight would be lovely, thank you.
  4. Uploading Photos

    We use OneDrive as a shared storage solution. Excellent permission options restricting access to folders and files, and as a charity run provision, we get it free from Microsoft.
  5. which bank account

    We've just moved to co-op from Santander for exactly the same reason. We were fed up of faxing through payment requests all the time! Opening the new account took quite a while, but now it's happened, it's amazing at his much easier it is to do online transactions. One person sets up the payment online, then an approver logs in and authorises the payments. Much simpler. Would recommend.
  6. Funding question

    You can be eligible for both. You could both earn £7k per year (qualify for 30 hours) and be in receipt of child tax credit (qualify for EYPP).
  7. Thanks for the reply Rebecca. Unfortunately, those two options you suggested are not viable work arounds, so there are two separate journals, one for each setting. I'm not the only 'parent' who has commented on this too, as many of our children also attend other settings to provide wrap-around care. They have also commented that it's a bit annoying having to do everything twice, and so often just don't bother. Tapestry seems to recognise when you try to log in using an email address used by both settings as you have to choose which account to access. It would be a nice add-on, to be asked when saving a parent observation - "would you like to add this to your child's journal with X'.
  8. I'm an administrator at a setting, which my child attends. He also attends another setting which is local to where we live. Both settings use Tapestry, but there is a huge difference in the quantity and quality of observations in my son's journal between the two. It has got me wondering whether there are any 'best practice' guidelines that would be good to share with the staff at our setting and thought there might be some settings on here that would be willing to give me some insight as to how you use it at yours, and importantly, how you manage the staff's usage... Do you have a set number of obs that you like your staff to record per child? Does that vary according to the number of days a week the child attends? i.e. you like 1 obs per session, with a minimum of 3 per week for full time children etc. Perhaps you like staff to record many more? How detailed do you go into the comments & description that the parent sees. Do you ever just upload a picture/video with nothing else? How do you use Tapestry throughout the setting; do you allow staff to take pictures during the session, and ask them to complete the rest away from the children? Or do they take a picture and make notes 'on the fly'. How often do you review how many observations a staff member is making, per child? Do you do this weekly, monthly, termly? Do you have any kind of KPI's for staff which relate to Tapestry? Do you encourage parents to upload their own obs into Tapestry? These are just the first ones that come into mind, but I'm sure there are many more I've not thought about. Any help and insight would be gratefully appreciated. and if you think there's a better sub-forum for this question, please let me know! In case it's relevant: I should specify up front that we are a pack away, term-time only setting, only open until 13.15, so children attend a max of 20 hours per week with a max of 4 hours per session. Thanks so much!
  9. My son attends two settings and I like to upload my own obs of things we've done at home etc. It's really frustrating having to do this twice over. Are there any plans underway to allow parents the ability to upload to both settings at the same time (if they wish)?
  10. Funding question

    But you qualify for 30 hours if you work 16 hrs at NMW. That's only £6,250 ish. Two parents working at 16 hours, would have income of less than £16k, so couldn't they qualify for both (EYPP+30hrs)? Or have I missed another factor? It's been a long week and I've had a wine already so it's entirely possible! Also, EYPP is paid to children who have been adopted. Couldn't adopted parents qualify for both as well? Again, I might be missing something blinding obvious!
  11. Funding question

    I honestly don't know either Mouseketeer. I'm only going by what we've been told by our LEA (that EYPP is only payable on the first 15 hours) which makes me assume that you could get it even if you qualified for the 30 hours. I'll try to find the reference if can! Edit: knew I'd find the reference eventually! Page 3 of this doc at the top in bold: EYPP is only paid on Universal hours https://ccc-live.storage.googleapis.com/upload/www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/working-together-children-families-and-adults/Autumn%202017%20Bulletin%20v2.pdf?inline=true
  12. Funding question

    Just thinking about this, the only reason I can come up with for splitting universal and extended hours between each setting, is to ensure that both get any EYPP payments which may be due, as these are only paid on universal hours? Otherwise, it just makes no sense!
  13. Funding question

    That's just bonkers for both parents and providers. If a parent falls out of eligibility, they would then potentially have to split their universal across two settings, which may not be practical or feasible!
  14. 30 Hours Funding - how will you allocate spaces?

    Thanks both. finleysmaid - will you re-assess all the requests each term then ("...in birth order per term") or once someone has been allocated a 30 hour space, it's theirs to keep? What I can't get my head round in our case, is that parents with Autumn children, could possibly take all the 5 spaces, leaving none available for those with spring or summer term children. I'm trying to find a solution that makes it fair *throughout the year*, rather then just giving the spaces to those with the oldest children and who become eligible earlier on in the term. Equally, it seems wrong to deny someone a space on the off-chance that someone else may become eligible later in the year (and which could never happen)... We could re-assess each 'application' each term, but that would possibly mean that someone who was allocated a 30 hour space in Autumn, could lose their space in Summer when someone else who has more 'points' is higher than them in the list. I can't see that being fair to either parent or child as they're relying on the space to go to work, and may possibly have to find new childcare to cover their working hours. It's all such a headache, but we have to limit the number of spaces available due to the financial impact. Given how low the eligibility in our area is though, I'm possibly getting my knickers in a twist about nothing, but I like to have our policies in place *before* we need to use it..
  15. If you are restricting the number of 30 hour funding spaces available, how are you allocating them? Are you offering on a first-come first-served basis, or do you have any criteria for allocation? We're limiting the number of places available to 5, and although we don't anticipate that they'll all go (we only have 1 family who is eligible so far), we'd like to make sure our policy covers every eventuality. Thanks in advance