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blondie last won the day on May 23 2017

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  1. Fine motor activities

    threading straws through the holes in a colander peeling sticky dots from sheet and placing them on a pre-drawn line pegging pegs onto a container using tweezers to sort objects
  2. What would you do?

    If you could get mum to stay for a few days she could take him to the toilet then gradually have a member of staff go with him and mum to the toilet and take over mums role ?
  3. staffing difficulties - 1 - I think this has to come through peer on peer observations and generally watching them throughout a session - put notes in a book maybe - (make sure you keep it close to you at all times) 2 - rota is the best way to go -you have comeback if something hasn't been done then as know who was due to do this -maybe staff sign to say they have completed their area etc., 3 - Staff taking responsibility and being held accountable for adding to all things, such as planning, observations, staff meetings, SEF, health & safety, risk assessment Planning - we do planning at staff meetings and I ask each person in turn what their children need/how we can do this Staff meetings - I put note up re meeting and ask for any ideas etc they wish discussed to put on list then give a copy of agenda to each person before meeting and at meet I ask each person for input etc., SEF - we usually discuss a section at a time -staff get copy of this to read and put notes on their copy to return to me and then these are then discussed/amendments made 1 - as said before it's a case of saying "would you mind / thank you" 2 -if someone has ticked/initialled to say something has been done and it hasn't been then could you use a highlighter to mark this so you have a record of this for later? Easier than trying to note it down. 3 - can these be put in a loose leaf file so all kept together - remind staff these are a requirement of Ofsted and will be needed available if Ofsted come in - keep the file in a set place and tell everyone that is where it stays. Make notes if you have conversations -date/time.name and words to remind you gist of what was spoken about. Staff descriptions should have lots of these things in them and can use this to talk about shortcomings . It is also good to bring to attention of everyone good working practice.
  4. Books on poverty

    Maddi's fridge by Lois Brandt looks a lovely book with simple story - maybe try Amazon or other online company or local library might have a copy?
  5. Level 1 students

    Level 1 Qualifications Introductory qualifications that are ideal for those new to the industry. They cover basic tasks and knowledge. At this level you will gain relevant knowledge and skills to complete routine tasks under supervision. Found this which might help you.
  6. ABC

    we used this one -adapted it a bit for our use -it's freely available online with autism society ABC chart.pdf
  7. Snack time

    Do you have a member of staff at the snack table - if not, that might be the answer. We do cafe style snack but there is an adult there at all times who sits with/talks to the children (we talk about what they have been doing - healthy foods, how they grow etc.,) as they eat - they choose their snack, pour their own drink etc., but the adult is there in case they are needed and also to encourage others to play for a while and to come back when there are no spaces at the table.
  8. OFSTED complaint

    Agree - you need to look though the reports, point by point and think about how you can put them right. Involve other senior members of staff as you do this maybe, and maybe have a staff meeting to talk some of it through as a group as this is something you all need to work on together.
  9. Small mallets

    might be worth having a look on amazon
  10. Train Topic Boxes

    Take a Train Ride - Line up chairs. Put a number on each chair. Give each child a train 'ticket' with a number. Choose one child to be the ticket taker and mark the tickets with a hole punch (or something similar). Let each child find their seat number. Play Conductor Says - Train variation of Simon Says. Have the child who is the Conductor, wear a Conductor hat. HOOK ON THE TRAIN One child is chosen to be the engine of a train. This child chugs around the room and then backs up into another child. The new child connects onto the train by grabbing on to the waist of the engine. Then these two children chug around the room and back into another child. The game continues until all of the children have hooked onto the train.
  11. snack time

    always at the table -as said previously there are less spillages and you can make sure they won't choke and can keep a look out what they have eaten/drunk. when we have picnics etc where food is eaten whilst sat on the floor we always have lots of spillages, children getting up and walking away whilst still eating so we are calling them back so isn't the relaxing social time it should be.
  12. Coping with change

    there will always be those saying "but we've always done it like that" "it;s always worked so why change it?"etc., - but I try to discuss changes at staff meetings - talk about how we do it now and ask for ideas on how it could be improved. My final line for anyone still moaning is "It's a new Ofsted ruling" (can always blame Ofsted lol)
  13. DBS

    our last chair insisted all staff had a new dbs done (as many of the staff had very old crb) and staff were then registered with update service. I don't see any reason why you need to do the dbs especially for the member of staff leaving - you are covering yourself by getting staff to complete staff suitability forms. If you have funds available then you could do the dbs of all staff over time(maybe 1/2 a year), enrolling them to the update service - this way lots of money isn't coming out at the same time.
  14. Parents with disabilities.

    How does she get the children into the car at the start of the day/get them out on their return home? Just thinking out loud -what would happen if there was an accident and child/children were injured because they hadn't been strapped in properly ? child/ren had played about with their car seats so not strapped in properly ? Big responsibility for the TA.
  15. 2 year olds

    check your registration with ofsted - gives you the age bands you can care for. speak to your development worker / EY support teacher they should be able to give you more information on where to go next and things you need to do (if you need to do anything) maybe some training for working with 2 yr olds If you have 2-5yr olds there shouldn't be much to change.