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Following on from Hali's question about taking a set of twins at 2 when the starting age for her group is two and a half I was wondering what age groups were registered for?

We are registered for 2 years and I had thought that this was the case for all pre-schools/playgroups.

Linda

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Hello Linda

In answer to your question about other settings our playgroup is registered for 2 1/2yr olds. I didn't realise that you could take children at 2.

Alison

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I have to say that we don't take children until 2 years 9 months unless there are special circumstances. What I am curious to know is what OFSTED have registered you for? I had thought that 2 years was nationwide but it would not seem to be the case. So, again, we have discrepancies in what OFSTED are telling groups.

Linda

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Thats what i dont understand, when i started at our group only had 3yr olds and i remember we could take from 2 1/2 if space was available...i have no idea why it says 2 on our registration doc. ive never said anything to Ofsted about taking them from 2yrs!!! ... very strange :o

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I am registered to take them from 2 too (Pre-school) - but I never asked to take them that young!!! When I queried it with Ofsted they said it was because they don't split a year group - e.g. the certificate will say from 2 or 3 but they didn't split it into months.

That's interesting if some certificates are being issued with months on them etc. - but either way, it does allow you some sort of flexibility in filling the places.

 

janice :o

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We can take children from the age of two but after alot of thought and discusions we will only take them from the age of 2 yrs 8 months. As we only have one room it would be impossibe for children aged 2 yrs old and nearly 5 years old to be in the same room as their needs are so different.

 

Also the more under threes you have the higher staff to child ratio you need.

 

Carol

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hali - i just queried after the certificate came through (after transitional) and i did lower admission age to fill places - in the event though it wasn't cost effective as I needed extra staff to cope with nappies/tears etc. Actually I am now going to put a minimum age of 2.6 !!!!!!!!!!! Only joking - it all depends very much on how the child copes with the morning etc - they are all ready for pre-school/playgroup at different ages aren't they ???!!!!

 

janice :o

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We are registered from the age of 2, but won`t take below 2 1/2 years. When queried with Ofsted, it is because they won`t register for "1/2" years.

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hi JPH & welcome. You've been hiding for a very long time but I hope now you've made your first post ( which no one else noticed-shame on them!! xD ), it will be the first of many. :D

Not got anything to add here as I'm not in preschool but I guess you can now take those twins Hali, all other things being equal! :o

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It was my Ofsted inspector who told me I could now take children just two. I thought of asking her to change it to 2.9.mths but left it as it was in case a parent came to me who was really desperate. I am now in the fortunate position of having a long waiting list so children are now age 3 when they start. I find it much easier to settle them in. They part easily and are not needing to go to the toilet every half hour.

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I'm extended hours preschool registered for 2 yrs to under 5yrs.

 

I would not survive without the under 3's - 50% of my register, at this time of year. Quite a few 2 yr olds attend all ten sessions per week- working parents

(I open 8:45-15:15)

 

I do have two rooms but age groups tend to mix most of sessions, only split for story, register time.

 

I mention "to under 5yrs" because I wanted to set up a before and after school club with a "walking bus" service but Ofsted said I couldn't have a child aged between 5-6yrs ie: 51/2.

 

It appears its allowed at the younger age but not over. :o

 

Peggy

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