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  1. Reuseable wet wipes

    Think we can very well assume someone will come along and find a replacement to wet wipes, tis the nature of people to be inventive. When my children were very young wet wipes weren't really available like they are now and those that were available were for faces. At home I used terry nappies and nappy liners (think they would not have been good for the environment) I used cotton wool and baby soap for the mucky job and flannels for faces. I had a stack of flannels and looking backwards I think these were better for a few reasons, not least, that wet wipes must make the food children eat taste awful, given that some parents are constantly wiping faces while children are eating, or wiping hands. Perhaps we could initially research what nurseries did say, 50 years ago, or during the second world war when many young babies and children were in nurseries - go back and ask your grannies what they did
  2. New ideas?

    Oh Finleysmaid that "forget living in the past" sounds so heartfelt - but we must accept changes and if you raised £100 or so rather than £4/500 for a local charity it probably does show that people do indeed give in different ways these days.
  3. New ideas?

    Maybe fundraising is a peculiarly English thing to do, i.e. fetes, etc. Maybe give up fundraising and just charge for extras, don't be ashamed to do it! There is that saying, "there's no such thing as a free lunch" and many people these days don't have the time or want to fundraise, they would rather just give you some money if you ask for it rather than work to get it. If it's free it can't possibly be any good, rather pay £££'s for it so it must be good!
  4. Moving Premises

    Gezabel, every now and then I am wonderfully surprised - today it was your post! So very pleased for you.
  5. As long as they don't replace it with another form of torture I don't mind. It will be for Ofsted's benefit not ours, that's for sure. I assume they have reflected blah blah blah, and found they don't need to grade it the way they have been, I do hope they share that reflection with us. I suppose I would like to see a pass or fail, but feel that would be too simplistic for them. It feels like they will be re-inventing the wheel, as they do every few years.
  6. Yes we abandoned the tidy up music a long time ago for the same reasons, it just hypes some up. It worked well for a long time, but then the group changed and dynamics changed and we never went back to it. We get the children together, this is best done for us by turning all the lights out initially for a short time especially in September, the children can get a bit unsettled by it so they go back on really quickly, but this is their signal to assemble in our soft area. It's only ever used to get them together to sit and bit fairly quiet. Once they are assembled they are then assigned jobs to go and tidy, as the year progresses they pull out a number from a bag and that's the number of things they are asked to tidy, we try to make it a little competitive, or play different games to get them to gather up stuff, who can find ....... etc. I rarely moan about them not tidying away the thing they have been asked to. There seems little point. Later in the year we have teams, red team, blue team - against each other, they have a team leader, could be an adult and they are sent to specific areas of the pre-school to tidy. Partly, the trick is not to get in a great mess to begin with, so tidy as you go. However, some days that's like ground hog day.
  7. suncream

    Well your policy is important and it should be followed. Did this parent give any kind of reason why they did not want to apply suncream? Could they in future ensure their child has suitable clothing i.e., long sleeves, hat, etc. then you could allow them outside without suncream.
  8. SEND question

    perhaps you are short on speech therapists in your neck of the woods. TBH 16 weeks seems a long time! Can't imagine a year's wait.
  9. SEND question

    Yes SALT in my area is about a 16 week wait for initial assessment. Self referral, although one we did recently the parent has been contacted by the Speech Unit and been "put off" as they don't think from the information they have that its severe enough. I can request an area SENCo to come in for a chat etc. and agree whether there is a reason to proceed that will happen some time during the term I have contacted them depending upon her diary but she is very good at a chat on the phone or an e a. , she will also offer some advice as to what to do. We then take the child to a LIFT meeting (Local Inclusion Forum Team) after lots of info filled in. This meeting is with main Specialist Teaching Service and after discussion directly with them they will offer advice and a specialist teacher to come out to the setting. LIFT meetings are about once a month during term time and we are encouraged to attend even if we do not have a child in need. BTW, we don't physically take the child with us, its just a term that's used.

    I agree playgroup 1. Timing wise we have always struggled with when to fit snack in, we like to have had it by 11am, but sometimes this does push on a little later and the little darlings aren't quite ready for lunch by the time we need to have it! We all sit down a the same time - we have tried snack bars etc. but never works for us although I am in awe of those who do make it work successfully and there are a great many on here that do. TBH many years ago when I began in pre-school, it was literally one biscuit and a cup of squash, then we were told this was quite unhealthy - fast forward 20+ years - now we are giving them so much more in terms of food groups/calories. I'd be quite happy to go back and offer a semi-sweet biscuit and water or milk! so much easier, so much quicker, so much cheaper!

    we have a popcorn machine in addition to what has been already said.
  12. Well this is the ridiculous situation of all this isn't it. Ofsted quite happy with our explanations of security. Seems to be box ticking as usual. Yes I think Louby loo quite correct that while the Learning Journey scrapbooks are lovely, they have probably had their day and if all we need do is track progress there are other ways of doing it which don't cost anywhere near as much.
  13. Did all this recently, you also need Ofsted permission. They will ask you exactly how your staff will be keeping these documents safe at home, how they will be transported to their homes, what happens if a member of staff leaves and they still have the records at home, or they are ill and unable to get the documents back into the setting. Some of these questions are simple to answer, but you do need to think about all possibilities. Plus all of the above from other posters! Our numbers have been lower lately so working on the journals in setting time has been o.k. One of ways we have resolved is staff only allowed to write up observations at home if they need to, rather than taking the whole journal home with photos in etc. they then slot the pages of observations in to the LJ's the next day.
  14. My GDPR 'To Do' list

    Yay, i can stop trying to make sense of the customer's rights act! Well done zigzag for persevering.