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  1. Medical appointments

    I have spoken with ACAS and it seems there is no specific legislation. Therefore, we can continue to allow all staff to take unpaid time to attend appointments. Again, thank you for your advice.
  2. Medical appointments

    Thank you for your thoughts. I will call ACAS tomorrow and let you know the outcome.
  3. Medical appointments

    We have a member of staff who is hearing impaired, so needs to attend medical appointments several times a year. We generally ask staff to make appointments before/after sessions, or take time off without pay (or swap a shift). However, the new staff member requires the whole day, and cannot "negotiate" appointments. Is anyone else in a similar position, and how do you manage this? I am thinking about the legislation regarding Disability Discrimination. Many thanks.
  4. Staff meetings

    Does everyone pay for staff to come to meetings, or is it a voluntary option? I'm sure this subject has been covered before, but just wondered if things had changed over time, eg some settings were unable to afford to pay staff to attend meetings?
  5. Food Rules

    Lots of food for thought! We are considering writing a Lunch Time policy as this time is part of the funded hours, therefore incorporates the EYFS. Children bring in lunch boxes from home and we have similar problems so feel we need some guidelines both for consistent practice in the setting, and for parents/carers. Does anyone already have such a policy in place and would be happy to share?
  6. SEF, 2015?

    OK, thanks - so no excuses for not doing it yet, then! Thanks for your replies.
  7. SEF, 2015?

    Having downloaded and read the new Common Inspection Framework, I am now attempting to write our SEF. However, the documents on Ofsted's website are still those from 2013. Does anyone know if the SEF is being or has been updated, should I complete the old SEF, or wait? I know the summer is when many settings update their SEFs so wondered what everyone else was doing? Thanks!
  8. Risk assessments

    Thank you, Sue Bear! This is a lot more relevant than others I had found.
  9. Risk assessments

    Does anybody have a Maternity Risk Assessment for a pack-away setting, please?
  10. Pregnant on first day at work.

    Thank you for taking the time to find out this information - I tried and found similar, but was not quite sure whether if she has been employed for 26 weeks elsewhere, we would still need to take statutory maternity pay on. It would seem not. Thanks for the advice - will have a chat to make the situation clear and see what she plans to do. Happy New Year!
  11. We interviewed for a pre-school practitioner before Christmas, and appointed someone to start yesterday. She arrived and announced that she found out she was pregnant over Christmas. She is on probation for 6 months. What are the legal implications for maternity pay? Anyone have any advice? Thanks!
  12. Thank you for your replies! Hi Lashes - I'm in Colchester. Would be interested in seeing your template if you are able to download it? Have just found the thread on Management Issues about the new Code of Practice so there may be some help there! Good to know others are trawling the site looking for a starting point - hadn't started to thing about updating policies until I'm confident I know what's going on!
  13. Has anyone produced or used a sample template to link to the new Code of Practice to replace the layout of IEP's? In Essex we are referring to the One Plan, but have only seen a front cover for the plan. I have begun to put my own form into practice, based on Assess, plan, do, review headings until I came across something already devised. Thank you.
  14. Has anyone produced or used a sample template to link to the new Code of Practice to replace the layout of IEP's? In Essex we are referring to the One Plan, but have only seen a front cover for the plan. I have begun to put my own form into practice, based on Assess, plan, do, review headings until I came across something already devised. Thank you.
  15. I am relieved to read so many settings have to ask their staff to do work "in their own time" but concerned after reading an article in Nursery World this week regarding minimum wage. It seems that by doing work at home (in own time) we are breaching Working Time Directive, as the hours worked mean we are lowering the minimum wage actually paid. (It is explained in full in the article!) Not only that, but HMRC are cracking down on this, and businesses could be fined up to £20,000 per staff member????? Have I understood this correctly, and if so, what are we to do? Like many other settings, we can only afford the minimum staffing ratios, plus a spare to cover breaks and parent meetings. There is no time for "non contact" as we need everyone with the children. Doing LJ's with the children would be ideal, but with younger children having toilet accidents, needing support elsewhere this just never happens. I am manager/owner, and have worked every day of the holidays - I wouldn't get through the amount of preparation required to be ready to return. Is that OK because I "want" to work in my own time? Any thoughts really appreciated. Enjoy the rest of the holidays!!!!!
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