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narnia

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narnia last won the day on October 11 2017

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About narnia

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    Landscape design and gardening consultancy!
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  1. Signing in....?

    I started a signing in sheet for parents to sign after a parent flat out denied that her child used to come on a particular day ( dropped off and collected by grandparent...........).........even though it was recorded in the register. So an A4 sheet, with child's name down the side.....then a box for arrival time, box for signature of who dropped off, then box for pick up time and final box for signature of who collected. We DID actually resolve the original problem with the parent who denied her child came, because, fortunately, he was on medication and the med forms had been signed..............for the day she denied he came
  2. Putting a Tender together

    we said hello to everyone who passed us by......... loneliness isn't confined to the elderly, but I hope someone else will speak to them now we're gone x
  3. Putting a Tender together

    Hi..............thanks for asking...............hubby is on treatment for the GCA, but they're now doing tests for another problem, potentially more serious. We closed the preschool on Wednesday.........lots of tears, even more when we were stopped by two elderly people, about half an hour apart. One said how sad it all was and how awful our landlord is. The other one said he'd miss us as we are sometimes the only people who say hello to him all day. That's heartbreaking. Even more heartbreaking than having to close down. Right now, we are still trying to find storage. But the biggest thing is to sort hubby out and get him well.
  4. Putting a Tender together

    Everything put into perspective this weekend.........................my husband was rushed into A& E, he'd been suffering major headaches all week, with sensitivity to light, painful to touch his scalp, pain all down his face......I honed 111 for advice as to what I could give him and they told me to take him to A&E without delay..............he was seen immediately, taken straight through ahead of everyone else. Seems he might have something called Giant Cell Artritis (GCA).a horrible condition that can lead to sudden, irreversible blindness , strokes etc. He will see a specialist within the next 48 hours and have a biopsy. Everything else can wait........
  5. Putting a Tender together

    Thank you all. I had a phone call on Friday from our EY officer, 'just to let you know we forgot to add business rates to the legal pack'................I'm rather afraid that I slightly lots my temper at this point.I then sent an email to the officer who is accepting the expressions of interest to say why we wouldn't, or rather, couldn't put in a bid.Gave all the reasons and why it's not a well put together pack.................. she wrote back to say she was sorry, but if anything changes, she'll let us know. THEN............another email from our temporary CDO, advising there are some training opportunities in Septemeber..............and we're advised to book now as they fill up very quickly. I simply replied........'you ARE kidding me, right??' I must admit to a great sense of despondency right now
  6. Putting a Tender together

    No, it's written in that you can't be paid back for anything if you end the lease early..and hey can claim costs against you if you do!
  7. Putting a Tender together

    Sunnyday...........yes indeed x
  8. Putting a Tender together

    Yes louby lou..................very sadly, we are. Our landlords won't renew our lease, after 15 years. They won't tell us why and we've been searching extensively since we found out, no stone left unturned. Heart is very broken, we can't even find anywhere to store our furniture while we carry onlooking.
  9. Putting a Tender together

    No, this would be a brand new provision, in response to need in the are........and the fact that our group and another locally, are closing due to no new leases. Potentially that's 50 places a day 9 at least). There is also a clause to say NO under two's will be permitted, so there can be no growth in that area
  10. Putting a Tender together

    Have been reading the legal pack for this and it's a potential nightmare. One clause states that your opening hours will be 8-6 ( fine, that's what we do already), BUT if the Landlord requires you to open for longer or more hours, you must................then there's the clause that says you must pay 2.18% of all the running costs ( plant, maintenance, repairs, utilities etc) to the whole complex (sports centre/swimming pool/cafe/library etc), rent is subject to Vat,so presumably the 2.18% is too.........but no mention of what the current running costs are..............Have to redecorate the room every five years in colours/paint approved by council....................nothing allowed to obscure windows etc ( so no art?? Blinds??) So, with all this ( and more..........much more!)..................I wonder who actually runs the preschool.....the owner of it, or the council? Looks like a no go for us. All these things to factor in on top of paying for fixtures and fittings................
  11. Putting a Tender together

    Yes it is. We don't have the money to spend on the alterations ( we were originally told the LEA was going to have the work done themselves, so hadn't looked for grants.Now we have a very short time period to sort it out
  12. Putting a Tender together

    The bid is TO the LEA................... via the local council. It's in a community centre........nice big room, but it needs the work doing to make it suitable
  13. Putting a Tender together

    Ok, I have the chance to bid for a new setting...............but there is a requirement for whoever wins the tender to pay for toilets and fencing, security keypads and a contribution towards the solicitor's cost of the LA. Comes to about £20,000 all in. Any ides of available grants to cover this? The successful bidder must also use Council approved contractors, so no chance to get my local friendly person to help out ! ( I have been advised to tread carefully as it's risky to pay for alterations (toilets etc) to a building that isn't mine. The initial lease is 10 years and the space is a large room within a community centre))
  14. Putting a Tender together

    Thank you GFCCCC, I have never had to do one before..................so thank you, yes I shall come back to you when I know more if that's ok x
  15. Does anyone have experience of putting a tender together for a new setting? What does it entail?
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