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Hi

Please could I ask how you plan for your week? I am struggling with the format we use as its becoming so ridged. Would anyone be able to share examples of explain how they do it.

I'm trying to find the balance between what we deliver to children and what/how we support children's needs in such a busy session without children being factory processed.

Any help gratefully received. :blink:

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I have spent years looking for the holy grail in planning formats!! Over the years I have devised so many, some of which worked and some which were so time consuming it was ridiculous. Until recently I was doing all the planning. My key workers would let me have their next steps and I would plan the week from these. This worked OK but it did not get the input from the whole team and was really time consuming. Now, each key worker plans what activities they are going to provide to cover their children's next steps. So we have three simple separate sheets. I am currently working on a simple sheet to show continuous provision.

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Up to the 30-50months age band we find most Obs can easily be hit by our Continuous Provision.

Our planning is really basic,

Continuous Provision

Enhancements for those next steps that aren't as easy to get by Continuous provision

Craft activity

1 adult led per week - that's it

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We do much the same as thumperrabbit. We have had more 'involved' planning but it was not realistic for the time we have to do it. We were all getting very miserable and down on ourselves so we stripped everything right back and concentrated on the most important things - the children!!! Planning meeting for 1 hour once a week. Key workers feed in for their children. Take turns to plan adult led. PS. Had visit from Mrs O in October who was happy with it.

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I don't include days of the week - planned activities take place 'as and when' over the course of the week (and, to be perfectly honest, sometimes for various reasons don't take place at all :(;) :1b )

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We are also very similar to Thumperrabbit, with no days of the week for us either.

Just a weeks worth of continuous provision covering possible areas of development. One adult led + together time which includes a short snappy active phonic moment. It is then up to the staff to think about their key group of children, their unique learning styles and initiate enhancements to support next steps.

We too have agonised over many types of planning over many years, this one seems to work well for our current cohort.

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My latest planning incarnation (I too have been on somewhat of a quest to discover the ideal format) has four columns for planned learning and a column for CP with a large box for reflection at the bottom - not quite sure why it is so large!) Anyhoo, three of the planned learning columns are inside and the other one outside they have a broad objective or area of learning and under that we write what we have done to teach that objective so could be group input, focus activity (two per week) or PSED reinforcement. Will watch with interest...

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Having not long had my inspection I can honestly say that my inspector didn't take too much notice of my planning either - don't know if others have found this recently? I talked our process through but except for a quick glance at the planning board that was it!

 

How much 'reflection' do people write on their planning?

Have you or do you - ever go back to old planning sheets for any reason?

How long do you keep your planning sheets for? I've got a few folders full and I'm thinking what valuable space they are taking up! xD

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Having not long had my inspection I can honestly say that my inspector didn't take too much notice of my planning either - don't know if others have found this recently? I talked our process through but except for a quick glance at the planning board that was it!

 

How much 'reflection' do people write on their planning?

Have you or do you - ever go back to old planning sheets for any reason?

How long do you keep your planning sheets for? I've got a few folders full and I'm thinking what valuable space they are taking up! xD

We were inspected in Oct and she asked me just to talk her through our process and then cross checked next steps from Learning Stories to make sure we were actually planning for them and that was it. It is an awful lot of paperwork, that if we are honest we do not go back to. Which in turn begs the question why are we doing so much??

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