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HoneyPancakes last won the day on June 19 2012

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  1. Courses, CPD, Speakers

    Sorry I can't help you Alison but as a fellow childminder I'm glad you're here. I wouldn't like to promote one training provider over another - personally I'm taking bits and pieces from lots of different providers. There are some great articles and resources right here at the EYfS Forum. Are you trying to set up a communal childminding group? Brilliant idea since the LA's don't have money to do it any more. I'd love to be sharing bulk buying with other childminders (and sharing the storage). Good luck, and I'd be interested in the model you come up with. Honey
  2. Dens!

    I had two pop ups and a tunnel set up yesterday and Little Miss Hyper gathered up the dropped baby apples and mixed them with sand and set up a proper shop. It as really lovely and everything cost 'two'. It was great. I think it's important to have enough available to make them not too valuable. I've got kids who will compete for a piece of string if they think someone else wants it.
  3. I'm pretty sure I've done right to ignore what I've heard tonight, but just checking. Miss Six and Mr Seven on the swings. Miss Six spends most of her time hanging upside down and swinging from the cross-bar. Mr Seven tells her she's a 'monkey'. 'Yeah you're a monkey, you're a real monkey'. Nothing wrong there no-one is offended, except,..., Miss Six is African mixed race. Mr Seven is white British. I'm feeling awkward. Do you think a quiet word tomorrow? They're oblivious to any difference, why point it out? Except...this same child, in a fit of pique some weeks back, muttered something about, 'the poo coloured people'? Certainly nothing he would have heard at home - all his own work. Any reassurance or challenges appreciated.
  4. Care Diary Question to other childminders

    Hi. I'm not using the care diary but I'd be a bit worried about the need for keeping the different sorts of data for different periods of time. Journals belong to the parents and go with them when they leave. But we should keep attendance registers (prob wrong about this but here goes...) until the child is 18 and a bit. For this reason I like to keep a paper copy. Also, I like to tell parent's what has happened in the day when we hand over.
  5. GDPR - Contacting parents

    Only answering as no one better available at the moment. Others will know better than I but my understanding is that anyone you've had dealings with in the past 14 months is fair game. No consent required.
  6. I lie awake dreaming of a leak in the roof soaking all my records so they go too mouldy to be kept. Or a mouse infestation - how I'd welcome a mouse infestation in my records. My parents legitimately lost a whole box of receipts in a mouse plague in the 70's. Actually, on reflection...I'll keep the records.
  7. Super Admin Hubby says Direct Line from memory.
  8. Asking my super admin hubby. Can guarantee he would have found the best deal in town/
  9. Thanks Rebecca. You've clarified the issues well. Think I will have a word with Children's Services. I really don't want to confront Dad. He scares me in an understated way. My reading of the childcare vouchers issue was from a sexist point of view. If Mum wanted to go out to work she had to pay for the childcare - and she didn't have access to vouchers. The big boys' behaviour has been so bad this week that I'm considering giving notice, or at least suggesting school clubs before and after school. Unsuitable gaming is rife around here. There were boys in my own sons class who were watching 18 plus games in Reception class - about ten years ago. The behaviour was a reflection of what they saw. Off to bed. Thanks again, Honey
  10. Double buggy recommendation

    I love my out and about but it's just about had the biscuit (it's thirteen years old and on it's third set of wheels) and now looking for something else. It's just a bit long in the base. Don't tell the H&S buffs, but it's also great for tired but competent three year olds who can sit over the front wheel. Been driving my old MacLaren for a change yesterday and I ache all over. But it folds up small and fits everywhere while being good for babies as it lies flat. It's a great spare buggy. Lots of childminders love Phil and Teds but I hate seeing the kid in the back only having a view of the seat in front. Actually, ...think I'm going to invest in a new to me out and about. Falling in love again. Honey
  11. Children's addresses

    To my mind 'archived' means 'in the loft' or storage, just in case. Maybe I watch too much film noir and police drama, but I think it must be important evidence of something,. You're right though, I'm struggling to think of exact real-life situations but I'm sure it would be crucial in solving a terrible case of missing children or abuse in the future.
  12. I'm a bit conflicted. I have a family of three boys in my care aged three to eight who are gun and fighting mad. In the spirit of respecting children's choices and encouraging engagement I don't crack down too hard unless it's overtly dangerous, and if they make their own guns they can use them, but we don't have toy weapons otherwise. We've heard the arguments for not banning guns as it might damage the relationship with parents who work with fire arms (police, army and other forces for example). Increasingly though I'm hearing comments such as, 'My dad says if the cops lock us up we can just pay them off,' and other similar comments disrespectful to authority. I know these children have access to computer games that are much too old for them (I wouldn't let my much older children see the sort). Also, but maybe not connected, the father would not even discuss accessing childcare vouchers to pay me and so payed thousands of pounds over the odds over the past few years. So, do I continue to nod and smile, or challenge head-on? I don't think the boys are at risk other than access to inappropriate material, but that's another issue. I'd appreciate others' thoughts on the matter. Honey
  13. Children's addresses

    I think it's important to have children's address, and the address of other people important to the child, in case we suspected a safeguarding issue. It might be important in the future to know where a child was living at a certain date. Write it down, keep it safe. Destroy it when the child reaches 21 and a day. Honey
  14. Breakfast Club

    Perhaps the childminder ratios might be applicable. Depending on available space the ratio for non-teacher led groups is no more than six children under eight years old. Children who are 'rising five' and attending school can be considered as being 'under eight' rather than 'early years'. The over eights aren't limited but best practice would not be more than ten children in total. Insurance should be taken into consideration (mine allows 12 children in total). Does this make sense? Ofsted would only refer you to the standards and say it's your responsibility to be able to demonstrate how they are being met. Running my kids around otherwise I'd have a proper look at the standards. Honey
  15. I've brought my after school kids home and they're well excited about World Book Day and especially the WBD Song. We played it a couple of times and I began to wonder where the girls were? Of the twenty five references only Mary Poppins has both female author and protagonist. Harry Potter and the Gruffalo were the only other books written by women and they have mainly male characters. Romans, Ancient Greeks, Mrs Trunchbull, Minnie Mouse and Little Red Hen might all arguably be female characters, but written by men. I'm all for engaging boys, and this song really has, but is it too much to ask for a girl to be mentioned at all (is Minnie a girl?). The song mentions Roald Dahl, Romans and Ancient Greeks, Dr Seuss, Jeff Kinney, Three Little Pigs, Seawigs, Mickey and Minnie, Wimpy Kid, Where's Wally, Mary Poppins, Pirates, Ningas Winney the Pooh, Gangsta Granny, Horrid Henry, Harry Potter, Mrs Trunchbull, Mr Stink, Beast Quest, Little Red Hen, and Mr Men. I haven't analysed by other demographics but at a quick glance it isn't looking good. The text in Power Point can be downloaded here Whinging Feminazi of the North Honey