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MarshaD last won the day on May 23

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  1. Maternity leave

    Hi I’ve had a quick look and can’t find anything current on this so apologies if already covered. Is there anyone who dealt with mat leave recently and could talk me through time line and responsibilities please? It’s my first time and I don’t want to mess it up.
  2. Lunches

    We use Zebedees https://zebedees.co.uk it’s our first year with them. I don’t know if they cover your area. They deliver a hot meal daily in insulated boxes which we just them serve. There’s a autumn / winter menu and spring / summer menu on a three week rota. All CFT approved (although I realise they don’t really exist anymore). They offer veggie and dietary meals eg halal or gluten free. Children like most meals and company have been responsive to things that have been universally panned like fish curry. The only issue we have with them though is numbers they deliver a minimum of 15 meals per day they did give us a grace period at reduced cost to build up but now that are numbers will be lower in the autumn we’ll have to take the hit until we build up again.
  3. Responsibility points

    I’m thinking of offering additional responsibility for outdoor learning. Do any settings offer responsibility points like schools do? If so how do you manage it?
  4. GDPR resources

    Thank you so much for this. My head was literally about to explode. With a framework to guide me I can plug in the information relevant to our setting. I have added an extra table for legitimate interest because I believe that as settings things like all about me forms, observations and government funding are the nature of our business and this is a stronger legal basis than consent. However, that is by the by. I would have been lost without this forum so thank you big big for all the effort you have clearly put into this.
  5. Allow staff to baby sit

    I allowed a member of staff to do this a couple of years ago but I made it clear that any arrangements were privately between the two of them and entirely separate from the preschool.
  6. Maternity leave and cover

    I’ve used Tinies a few times in the past for single days. Can’t remember hourly rate exactly but think it was about £14 an hour which was a lot more than I was paying for any of my other staff.
  7. Qualification checker

    She did indeed. Many thanks!
  8. Qualification checker

    My turn... Ok so I've found the qualification, but what does it mean please, is it relevant or not?
  9. Questionnaire

    We use Survey Monkey which I think is quite straight forward. Liking the sound of a digital registration form though! Will look into this.
  10. Staff

    Oh Emma what a nightmare. I always think if the team can’t up their game for external visitors then there is a real issue. Sounds like you’ve got a challenge on your hands - but keep plugging away. Some great advice there from Rebecca. Once you have identified your priorities bring these into 1:2:1s with some really tight targets that are followed up closely, maybe some team teaching to demonstrate what you mean by engagement and then more capability if needs be. I once had to remind my team that if we are not at least good there’ll would be no funding which means no jobs. Good luck and keep us posted.
  11. Early Years teachers

    I’m a qualified teacher but we won’t go into how much I get paid because it’s probably not even equivalent to minimum wage once you factor in the hours I work. I’ve just appointed a deputy teacher who would get £30k if full time but is pro rata (she is part time). However she was appointed as a teacher which is different as colleagues point out to someone completing a course of study that you didn’t ask them to while employed as something else. I don’t think you can be expected to create a role for her that doesn’t exist.
  12. Maternity leave and cover

    I follow the same principle that you have in schools where a year fixed term would be 1st September to 31st August. Especially as others have said because we split payments equally over the year so people get some pay in holiday months.
  13. What is your title?

    I think my not being there was a factor but a check list is exactly what I’ve done!
  14. What is your title?

    We have preschool assistants and a senior preschool assistant. I’m lead teacher and like everyone else have 101 different jobs to. These posts make me smile because yesterday I had a kind of day where really sucks to be the boss. My non contact time was dominated with no Wi-Fi, PPI and marketing cold calls, broken gate, my own sick child who needed picking up from school, core group meeting and a bunch of other issues that could have been sorted if anyone else cared. I was at preschool until 9 o’clock tidying up ahead of our early years adviser visit next week - there was no soap in the toilets, toilets not even flushed, floor not swept, lids left off pens, toys left lying around inside and outside new rollers and brushes sat in about a foot of water, equipment not covered up etc list goes on. I went to bed at 03:00 only to be woken at 04:30 by said daughter who had to be in school by 05:30 for a trip screaming at her sisters and dad who was taking her in. Yay - darkened room anyone?
  15. Zero Rated tax relief

    Sorry no. Didn’t even know there was such a thing - and have just spent a small fortune on a conversion!