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  1. SEND - funding for staff

    You're right, it's not fair but your LA rep or local area SENCO really could help. Our LA rep recently helped us to secure funding for 10 hours per week for a little boy at our setting - he needs 1:1 support at all times. We discussed it with the parents and they were happy to agree that it was in his and everyone else's best interest for him to only attend for his funded hours so he does 9-11, 5 days a week. Mind you, it did take us nearly a term to get to this stage - that wouldn't be possible with just two of you. I really hope your area SENCO can sort something out for you.
  2. It seems to hinge around what finleysmaid pointed out above, i.e. that the wording of the guidance says that the LA "SHOULD ensure that if providers charge for any goods or services, for example meals, optional extras or additional hours of provision outside of the place, this is not a condition of children accessing their place." Whereas for other points covered, the guidance says that the LA "Is required by law to ....." As they are not legally required to enforce this point of guidance, the 'should' seems to suggest that they are not required to enforce it. And this is apparently the way that our LA sees it. I think you are absolutely right that this shouldn't vary between LAs but there seems no doubt that it does.
  3. Just thought I'd update and say that we asked our rep and she told us that our LA doesn't enforce the requirement and so nurseries in our area can insist on whatever they like. Good news for settings in our area, but not so good if you're a parent looking for a place at only 15 hours per week.
  4. You're right, I hadn't noticed that. They use terminology like 'LAs are required by law to' for some other clauses so there's obviously a reason for the differentiation. Thanks finleysmaid. As some others have posted it must be up to individual LA interpretation as they all seem to be doing it differently. Luckily our LA rep is coming in next week so we can find out how seriously ours takes the 'should's.
  5. Although it does say "IF your child attends the setting for more hours that the free entitlement ...." - which would also seem to suggest that they should have the option not to do so? Or am I just clutching at straws? :blink:
  6. That's what I was afraid of finleysmaid. Do you think they all just hope that no parent will ever challenge it, or is the statutory guidance like The Code in Pirates of the Carribean - more guidance than statutory?!
  7. Our thoughts exactly. The school has a choice and must opt out of the grant if they want to insist on 20 hours per week - they can't have it both ways. Looks like we're going to have to contact the LA and hope the SMT will listen to them! Thanks for all the advice and reassurance. I'll let you know how it goes.
  8. Thanks everyone - I looked in the DfE's 'Early education and childcare statutory guidance for LA's' and there's a paragraph about Early Education Places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds that says: "Ensure that if providers charge for any goods or services, for example meals, optional extras or additional hours of provision outside of the place, this is not a condition of children accessing their place. " So we fed this back and were duly informed by the SMT that it doesn't apply to us as we're an independent school. I'm a bit worried because I don't think that's true. It says 'Statutory guidance' - doesn't that mean it must be applied whichever LA you happen to be in or what sector you operate in? And while I totally appreciate the financial targets of the school, surely we are in danger of pricing disadvantaged children out of our high quality setting - thereby undermining the entire ethos behind nursery funding? Hoping I'm not just being horribly naive.
  9. I'm after some advice. We are a nursery within an independent school and we accept funding for places. Our Governors want to change the policy to insist that all 3-4 year olds attend nursery for a minimum of 20 hours per week. We're a bit surprised by this as we were under the impression that, as we accept funding, we're obliged to provide nursery places for only 15 hours per week to enable children from all backgrounds to attend without parents having to pay any extra fees. I can't find any information on our LA website or by trawling through google - does anybody know how we stand?
  10. I hate to show my ignorance but what's a Video Vignette?
  11. Maths planning ideas!

    We have 'number detectives' - we stick numbers up around the Nursery and the children go off with clipboards to find them. We have tick sheets, tally charts or 'write the numbers you have found', depending on ability. I know ticking isn't strictly representing numbers but it allows the 2 year-olds to join in - they do love a clipboard :1b
  12. They do! But only from year 2 up.
  13. Funny you should say that Susan, because one of the parents told us today that they are indeed going to petition the headmaster! Thanks everyone for your commiserations - I'll let you know what happens ....
  14. Thanks mrsbat and sunnyday - at least we know we're not the only ones who think it's a shame. And re changing nappies, that's exactly what we all said!! I think the hm has forgotten that the nursery deals with intimate care on a daily basis. Maybe we should tell him that we would be completely willing to change boys and girls separately if required, although we never have before for any of the nativity plays or other activities involving changing in the eight years I've worked there. If he thinks there may be an objection, perhaps we should start doing so? And maybe we should also ask him if he would allow it with a parents permission form, like you say? Although I think "do you consent to members of staff towelling down your child when wet?" sound so ridiculous. How would we approach it?! Thanks for your ideas :1b
  15. We were all very excited yesterday when our nursery teacher brought in a paddling pool. We did a risk assessment to decide where and how, tested it out and then emailed our parents to introduce it, telling them that if they would like their child to have a splash in the pool to please send in appropriate swimwear and a towel. As the children arrived this morning eagerly clutching their swimming gear, we got a message from the headmaster saying that the paddling pool was a definite no-no, his main issues being: some parents may object to boys and girls getting changed together, e.g. on religious grounds safeguarding issues - e.g. "towel drying children" apparently it doesn't give the right 'impression' (we're a private school nursery) We honestly just saw it as an extension of our water play and didn't anticipate it causing such a storm. We had to hold up our hands to our parents this morning and say that we had jumped the gun and unfortunately the pool wasn't allowed for safeguarding reasons. They shuffled off dejectedly with the abandoned swimming bags under their arms, saying how ridiculous they thought it all was. Wondering if anybody else has experienced similar problems and whether they managed to find a way around them?