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Thank you for sharing. I am not bothered either way to be honest. What you see is what you get approach here. However if we are to be judged by the same grade discriptors then surely the amount of notice should be on an equal footing too.

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Whoop, whoop - about bloomin' time - have never understood the present system - what happened to equality?

Half-day notice would put paid to that 'will it be today' anxiety that can go on daily for literally years when they are very overdue.

No time to change anything - which is also good in my humble :1b

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I agree this should have been introduced much sooner. It will be great for settings to have chance to get everything in some order such as paperwork etc without running around like a headless chicken when the inspector asks you for that one piece of paper that you could find within five seconds on a normal day but when Mrs O is glaring at you it magically disappears.

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I hope I don't get a call on the Fri lunch time and have all weekend to worry about it......or worse still the Friday before a holiday, not sure it would be an advantage or disadvantage :/

That would be fine - just think what you could get done over a weekend - everything would be sparkling clean - displays/notice board up to date - paperwork all in order and laid out ready for the Inspector - and probably so much more - yay that would suit me! :D

No more worrying about whether you can attend an appointment, funeral, training or whatever - just in case they turn up......

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That would be fine - just think what you could get done over a weekend - everything would be sparkling clean - displays/notice board up to date - paperwork all in order and laid out ready for the Inspector - and probably so much more - yay that would suit me! :D

No more worrying about whether you can attend an appointment, funeral, training or whatever - just in case they turn up......

Totally agree, My best friends Dad recently died and I was in two minds about attending the funeral in case Ofsted turned up, I even went to work in funeral clothes before hand, just in case. They actually came the next week. I wasted two years of my life being anxious every morning, thinking is today the day? So although I have the take us as you find us attitude, it would alleviate a lot of worry and anxiety.

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Think we would amaze ourselves with what we could get done in an afternoon and evening if we knew she was coming never mind a whole weekend. If I had a whole weekend think I would crack up as I would be trying to paint the outdoor fire escape, totally revamp the layout inside and out, sort the shed in to some sort of order instead of the usual if the door shut with everything in its fine approach that we go with now. My family wouldn't see me for the whole weekend as I would be eating, sleeping and spending every waking hour second guessing if I had everything covered and then worrying again.

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Typical - bet we get done just before the change, so won't be level playing field with the others in the area that are due next year. We always get done in July (with bouncing off the walls 4 yr olds) or following a change to the curriculum,

 

Off to sulk.

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Oooo I don't know Sunnyday, once upon a time I'd have agreed..........

 

..............but despite surviving 5 Ofsteds I think the word YIKES!!! would definately keep me awake all night......and then a dawn raid on our setting to make sure its looking its shiny best - all areas covered - the whole place 'visualised' to within an inch of its life - staff bawled out for not being up-to-date with the blessed LJs : / Me, constantly reciting the SEND code of practice, safeguarding laws etc etc.......all ready and hopeful in appeasing or delighting!

 

Crikey, hope I'm working out the last years of retirement at Asda before I get that lunch time call.........

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Typical - bet we get done just before the change, so won't be level playing field with the others in the area that are due next year. We always get done in July (with bouncing off the walls 4 yr olds) or following a change to the curriculum,

 

Off to sulk.

£10 quid says I'll get done first!!

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Oooo I don't know Sunnyday, once upon a time I'd have agreed..........

 

..............but despite surviving 5 Ofsteds I think the word YIKES!!! would definately keep me awake all night......and then a dawn raid on our setting to make sure its looking its shiny best - all areas covered - the whole place 'visualised' to within an inch of its life - staff bawled out for not being up-to-date with the blessed LJs : / Me, constantly reciting the SEND code of practice, safeguarding laws etc etc.......all ready and hopeful in appeasing or delighting!

 

Crikey, hope I'm working out the last years of retirement at Asda before I get that lunch time call.........

Nope honestly wouldn't bother me - I'm not 'scared' of Ofsted - in fact I am strangely calm when they do show up - it's that 'will it be today' that makes me jittery :1b

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I'd spend the half day notice phoning the parents of children I could do without to tell them that we're closed the next day due to an emergency lol, but seriously I don't really know what I'd do, jot down the points I want to get across and maybe print off a few pages from tapestry LJ's that particularly show how well we are sharing info and that parents are supporting learning at home :)

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Typical - bet we get done just before the change, so won't be level playing field with the others in the area that are due next year. We always get done in July (with bouncing off the walls 4 yr olds) or following a change to the curriculum,

 

Off to sulk.

Apparently they've trialled it with 30 settings and are going to do another 40 next term before 'rolling it out' in September. We're due too so we'll still have the 'will it be today' feeling for a while yet!

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Whoop, whoop - about bloomin' time - have never understood the present system - what happened to equality?

Half-day notice would put paid to that 'will it be today' anxiety that can go on daily for literally years when they are very overdue.

No time to change anything - which is also good in my humble :1b

I couldn't agree more! It's the waiting and wondering which is so stressful. They shouldn't have such a hold over us!

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Not sure whether I'd like it or not! The 'will it be today' feeling is horrendous, but then as we're only open mornings, I'm guessing half a day's notice would be a phone call the afternoon before the following morning. As we don't have access to the hall in the afternoons, and I live 15 miles away anyway, I'll not be dashing in to make any changes to be prepared, so would actually just spend the notice period worrying anyway...

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Our inspection last month was in 2 parts, she came Friday but we're only open half a day so she came back Monday.

I was able to use the time to put into place the paperwork I hadnt printed from emails, plan an activity covering the things she hadnt seen Friday and generally tidy up.

But it was at a cost of checking and double checking EVERYTHING, not much sleep was involved.

I think I'd prefer not to know.

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You wouldn't get called on a Friday. Schools are not allowed weekends notice which is nice, because once it gets to Friday a school knows Ofsted aren't in that day or the following Monday.

So what do they all do on Mondays ? Write up reports maybe

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Different team well at least ours are in our area.

 

I'm glad we now getting notice for the simple reason Sunnyday said at least now I know whether u can go on training, conference or day off

 

Just hope it's not when on holiday!!!

 

And that they text before we turn the phone off - mornings only

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