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AliceinWonderland last won the day on August 14 2016

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  1. 2 years funded child

    We were still able to take funded 2 yr olds when we hadn't had our first inspection. It may depend on your LA though so worth checking with them.
  2. What would you do?

    I may have to start something like that, our LA wouldn't like us doing an admin fee but maybe could get away with a deposit which gets refunded when they start. I'll have to look into it.
  3. Scam

    Thanks for the warning
  4. What would you do?

    Im sure you're right Zigzag, Just seem to be getting screwed over left, right and centre!
  5. Last week, i had someone view the nursery and fill out registration forms to place their two children with us, starting from next week. I have now just had an email from them saying they will not be bringing their children to us after all as they have found a place at the local school. The registration forms make it very clear that we need four weeks notice. Would you still claim the funding for this four weeks or let it go? Part of me says let it go but part of me says no! we have spent time on paperwork already and have sent the claim forms in to the council as well as organising our registers and who is going to be key person etc. I'm annoyed as i feel that the school is trying to poach children, they didn't have any space until the children were going to start with us and then suddenly they do have space! I know i'm writing this while i'm still feeling miffed and may feel different after i've slept on it but am i wrong to insist on notice?
  6. Lunch Breaks

    I had the same problem, including staff arriving late to start their shift, often only by 1 minute but often by more. It seemed a bit petty at first to whinge about 5 mins here and there but i mentioned it at staff meetings repeatedly and it would improve for a while and then revert back. In the end i bought a clocking in machine and wrote a policy, getting them all to sign it, stating that their pay would be docked each time they were late, i round it to the next 15 minutes, so if they are 1-15 mins late they get 15 mins docked and so on. Lateness has happened a couple of times but i have seen a vast improvement. I know it seems very strict but it was affecting morale and a couple of times i was unable to open the door and let children inside in the morning at the correct time as staff were slightly late which puts a bad image on the setting. The machine has been worth every penny.
  7. Stretching the 30 hours funding in a day nursery

    We open 8-6 and i've decided to offer 25 hours a week for 45 weeks, so we will have 2 weeks off at christmas, 2 weeks at easter and 3 weeks in the summer, we are open 51 weeks and quite often have children doing term time only so this will help keep us busier in some of the holidays and it's easier to manage the sessions as ours are 8-1 and 1-6. This means 5 mornings or 5 afternoons for each child.
  8. Please help

    thank you so much everyone, this has been really helpful x
  9. Please help

    thank you
  10. Please help

    Thank you, much appreciated ::1a
  11. Glove up for sun cream?

    we only use gloves if needed and are careful about washing hands if child is sensitive or has an allergy etc. We have a policy of no suncream-no outside play, we used to have our own suncream to use but we were getting taken advantage of and it was too expensive, parents usually bring cream when they are told they can't play out. we have lots of spare hats so that's not a problem.
  12. Please help

    Thank you ::1a
  13. Hi all, As part of a course i am doing, i need to do a little research on physical activity and have created a small survey (6 questions). I would be very grateful if anyone would help by completing it. The link is below and all answers are completely anonymous. Thanks in advance https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MWXQ9PD
  14. Survey

    Hi all, As part of a course i am doing, i need to do a little research on physical activity and have create a small survey (6 questions). I would be very grateful if any of you could spare a couple of minutes to complete the survey for me. All answer are completely anonymous. The link is below. You may need to copy and paste it into your address bar. Thanks in advance https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MWXQ9PD
  15. Child who eats everything

    Having something suitable for them to chew sounds a good idea, will have to look into that. Thanks Marsha.