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LKeyteach last won the day on August 7

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About LKeyteach

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  • Birthday 07/10/61

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    Epsom Surrey
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    Having now completed my degree and having achieved Early Years Professional Status, I am now able to enjoy my family. I have membership of Wisley and enjoy the gardens (although I am no gardener).<br />I have a passion for cooking with children, which I try to do as much at nursery as I can.

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    Nursery practitioner

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  1. Inadequate woes

    Willow sorry to hear but you are showing strong leadership in keeping going and making changes. The best advice i can give is dont forget the children. I know that may sound odd or even patronising it is not meant to be. It is just that sometimes you can get caught up with what you think ofsted wants. Just keep thinking is this change goingto benefit the children. Good luck.
  2. Lunches

    We use Zebedees for tea for afterschool club. It comes in chilled and we warm it. So far it has been successful.
  3. Lock Down Policy

    Thought you might like to picture the scene. We are on a school site, tucked nicely into a corner of the staff car park. We are a wooden building, the temporary classroom of the sixities type. Standing inside up to my waist height is wood/something else panel and above to ceiling is window. It makes a nice light environment for the children. To get to my office (yes I have an office) one walks out the front door, down a gentle sloping ramp about metre and a half and then turn right and walk back on self but not up the ramp and probably nearer 3 metre walk to my office door. So on the days I get office time I am in there and I have responsibility for answering the phone. So the school calls to tell me that they are having a lock down practice. I have to leave my office, walk that 3 metres plus to the nursery facing whatever threat there is out there (squirrels usually) to alert the team that there is something we need to hide from. Having got into the nursery I then attempt to get my little treasures to keep their heads down below window level whilst trying to reach for roller blind cord (which are shortened to prevent little treasures from strangling themselves) in order to lower the blinds to make us invisible. And then we can breathe because it is all a practise after all.
  4. Moving to school site

    I am on a school site and run independently. Most of the children who come to us will go to the school but I do have quite a few who will not meet the school's faith based criteria and so go to other schools. I have a 10 year lease and there are break clauses and I think the school has to give us a term's notice to leave. In reality if the head teacher left and another took over and felt that the nursery would be better in their hands there is very little I could do about it.. But when I ran from a local church hall there were similar "threats." If the Church was offered a higher rent from a martial arts group I would be asked to clear my cupboard to make space for them. so sadly we are never in a secure place. In answer Starsdance make sure all the parents are aware of the schools you feed into, I often say "yes most of our children went to... but 5 of our children went, 2 went to.. and it was really nice when i went to visit the school and meet the teachers at.... School and they have a fabulous outdoor space." This does help to reassure parents that you help all children with the transition.
  5. Lock Down Policy

    Thanks Tim.
  6. APPG lobby day

    Rebecca Thank you for being our voice.
  7. Epsom -Playworker

    D2D provides Breakfast and Afterschool care to the children attending St Joseph's Primary School in Epsom In September we will including our nursery children in our playful club and so our numbers are growing and so is the fun to be had! If you are enthusiastic about children's right to play or maybe you want an new challenge from the experiences of working in Early Years or teaching and have that Zest for working with children and supporting their development. This could be for you. Our sessions are: Our Breakfast 7:30 - 9:00 Afterschool 3:00 - 6:00 Term Time Plus 2 weeks summer club. We would welcome applications from anyone with qualifications in Playworker or Early Years or if you would consider training for a qualification we will support you. We are open to discussion on part time or job share options. Call Emma or Louise 01372 720218 immediately
  8. My GDPR 'To Do' list

    Ok. Am truly panicked.im back to work on Monday to sort this. I did start Rebecca' s #1-12. It all started so well with the audit but i left out to deal with other "urgent" stuff. This mountain looks frighteningly rocky. Where do you stop with checking who holds data it could go on and on! Thank you all for keeping the conversations open. I will be digging in properly next week.
  9. Funding weeks

    Hi Rosabean and welcome. Same as Mouseketeer. 38 weeks not allowed inset days either. Think some settings were allowed to keep to fewer weeks if that was what they were doing before 15 hour stuff came in. (Lots of years ago) Or more recently I have heard of settings with falling numbers who have been allowed to cut weeks but tied into other conditions.
  10. Snow Plan

    We had quite a lot of snow yesterday and a bit of a blizzard. But it disappeared so quickly. Had to leave nurserybuilding to go stand alone shed /fridge to get milk leaving footprints. In the minute it took me to walk back all footprints were covered. My weather app told me to expect snow at 7.36 this morning but still no snow!! Hubby says years ago met office used to pay locals all over world to watch and report weather conditons so forecasting was quite accurate. However They have "restructured" and no longer have the weather watchers which is why it is back to simple prediction. So the wait and see approach is best. ❄❄❄⛄⛄
  11. Starting a holiday club, help needed!!

    Same here. I did notice our insurers are asking for 1:8 ratio so check that out too. We added ourselves to childcare register. Yes loos were a bit tricky but we have low doors so added a stable door type with a bolt to give more privacy. Just think about activities we found taking the children out for part of the day an essential. Just a trip on the bus, to the local park, we found the cinema ran a very cheap screening in the morning. The children loved their time with us.
  12. Inspection tomorrow eeeek

    Well done.
  13. It's the Bear - Jez Alborough. the pictures of the trees and what could be hiding behind them and the pretending of one popping out and then hiding again, always gives a lot of imagination. We have looked at height - what would be taller than those trees. Spacial awareness - where would you sit where a tree was not in the way, Emotions- would you be scared if it was a scary wood, natural habitats, would your Mummy really leave you in the wood to go back for Blueberry Pie? Love this story and its sequels.
  14. Calling any Inspectors

    Hello Just wondering if there is anyone here who is an inspector and who might give me some advice. Nothing that would cause conflict or alarm. Would have to be messaged though.
  15. newsletter function

    Oh me too. I email a weekly newsletter but not sure how many parents actulla look at it. But I can see when they access Tapestry so it would be brilliant new feature.