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HoneyPancakes last won the day on June 19 2012

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  1. Using Tapestry - a Q+A for childminders- 20th Feb 2018

    Please add me to the list Emily. Looking forward to other's ideas. Many thanks, Honey
  2. This situation sounds similar to the Childminder Agency vs Independent Childminder scenario. Was a big argument a couple of years ago and I was dead set against it at the time, but with the reduction in LA support for childminders, and the pressure on schools to be seen to provide wrap-around care and take children on younger and younger, I'm beginning to give in and let the schools control everything. They're just going to suck up all the business so may as well be in it rather than in competition with each other.
  3. I've found this really difficult. What I really want to write is about filling their buckets of self esteem so full in the early years that the rest of life can't empty it. Not really substantial enough, but what we do with the egoists sets them up for healthy futures. By the same token, KS3 can teach them all they like, but children who are broken in the Early Years will be more likely to take risks or be taken advantage of. Better get my ducks in a row before tackling this properly.
  4. Do you think it's been published at a time when teachers are too busy to take it all in? Reception isn't my thing but I've had a bit of a read and it does seem like a move to remove five year olds from the EYFS by degrees.
  5. Locks, switches and bolts

    As much as I admire those boards, I have baulked at the price in the past. I'm thinking parents, and sundry friends and relatives, who mightn't be able to build a whole piece of equipment, might collectively be more than happy to hunt through garages, sheds and useless stuff drawers and find enough bits and pieces to make a terrific collection. Pegboard (painted?) and some florists wire and you're set like a jelly. I'd ask for some help to attach it to the wall (ooh, just thinking could add them to the top of a small table and small boards attached to the table legs.) Feeling excited at the thought. H
  6. Parents with disabilities.

    Findleysmaid. That is great. I can copy that, drop it her way - just found it in passing, thought of her. Double thumbs up.
  7. Parents with disabilities.

    Hi Mundia. Mum parks in the disabled space and gets herself to the tailgate of her car where she can see the doors when there aren't any other people there. She has to be there nearly an hour early to get that space though!! TA used to bring the first child that far, but no longer. It isn't far at all. The children are mature beyond their years. I let my nearly three year old minded child walk that footpath without holding on, but I could catch him if I needed to - she can't. H
  8. Parents with disabilities.

    You are positively encyclopedic Upsy Daisy. Reasonable adjustments under the DDA 2010. Trumps all else. Thanks so much. I was feeling pretty grim about it all. H
  9. Parents with disabilities.

    Finsleysmaid, that's what I thought, but the family avoid social services. the Dad receives a carers allowance but he has a good job and they don't qualify for any other funding. The school have said something about added risk if other parents are randomly picking up and dropping off. Blondie, I see what you mean about risk to TAs. I think the whole situation involves balancing risk, responsibility, rights and Christian duty (it's a church school). Really none of my business but I thought someone on here might have come across a similar situation and have a definitive answer. Personally I think the Mum is having a bit of a sulk about the change in circumstances and not willing to accept any other arrangement, and the school have had a change in circumstances or don't want the risk. I thought if there was some funding somewhere the school would find a TA/breakfast club worker, or another registered person could be paid to go-between.
  10. Parents with disabilities.

    That would be great Upsy. Thanks.
  11. Parents with disabilities.

    I'm wondering what responsibilities we have to assist parents with disabilities get their children into nursery/school? I've been observing a situation at the school I drop off at. For the past two years the little boy has been picked up from, and dropped back to the the Mother's car by the Teaching Assistant. Now the second child has started nursery and the parent has been told that it's too difficult to keep that up and the children (only just three and five) will be released from the door as long as a 'line of sight is maintained between the parent (who uses crutches to move to the car tailgate), and the teacher, and in reverse in the morning. I know other schools in the area refused this parent any assistance which is why she chose this particular school. I'm thinking there must be many parents in similar situations and I'm wondering how they get their kids to school. Is there funding available? Should care for the children be paid for from Disability Living Allowance? I've lent a sympathetic ear but not offered any assistance as I'm a childminder and don't want to be seen to be touting, but I also know the family through the church we all attend. They haven't asked me for my assistance (professional or charitable). I'm thinking it's all about rights and responsibilities, but this is tying me up in knots. Any ideas? Honey
  12. Contacting HMRC re unpaid fees.

    While I've been away over the summer two payments have been made into the tax free childcare system by a parent. She is newly registered and these were her first payments using the system. Although I am registered and gave her all my registration details, nothing has shown up in my account. Could someone please help me with how to proceed/who to call. Before the hols I'm sure I saw others on here having a similar problem but my searches aren't giving me the answers. Honey
  13. I had a feeling CP was more of a religion than a product. Sandpaper and varnish it is then. Three Hail CP's and a tenner in the poor box for having impure thoughts. H
  14. The sad news is that the local children's centre has been closed. The good news is that the resources and furniture have been shared around schools and other early years settings. I have really done well. Community Playthings table and four arm chairs, a drum, a pop up playhouse, and a brand new Maclaren double buggy. Anyhow, the furniture could do with a bit of a tidy up. Is it sacrilegious to paint CP stuff? Should I really just sand and varnish? Or should I go to town with paint and stuff? Maybe let kids at it? Feeling very lucky. Honey
  15. Toileting

    Choice of seats, potties, steps. Bubbles - always bubbles. Choice of pants. Parents on board. This is the best half term to go in hard. I get a great sense of achievement from toilet training. Enjoy.