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  1. Ratio help please 😳😶

    Points counting does not work, you cannot cut a child or adult in half.. I know someone who did this ended up understaffed and got caught out.. If a member of staff has one child in a lower ratio then you can put older children into that ratio.so long as you don't exceed it. You cannot have a younger child in a higher ratio . I used to put each adult into a 'box' and allocate children to that box.. it they had one under 3 than the box only had room for 3 more children..over 3 and the box could hold 8 children. https://eyfs.info/forums/topic/47827-ratios-help/?tab=comments#comment-441706 This thread has a very useful table to help work out ratios..It may be an old one but still works.. it is a topic that regularly emerges.. Does not include under 3s though .
  2. Didn't realise this was still going until I came across it by accident.. Maybe worth a look to see what they offer . Early Years TV
  3. This really is one of those things that can change year of year or even term to term, depending on the children. Over the years I must have tried so many different ways.. We too had an issue with transitions in and out as we all had to move at the same time, no freeflow and a short narrow corridor between the two.. We did however line up some of the time, nothing wrong with learning a simple skill that also helped with fore drill and other times when it was necessary for children to listen and be 'under control' -for want of a better phrase. I never used music though other than a song we sang together or while doing the task in hand. Usually spontaneous and made up by a member of staff at the time if needed. Children tended to join in and if sometimes helped. (time to put the toys away, toys away, toys away, - to mulberry bush was a favourite) One thing I did was to change the wording of the task- on reflection I wondered what tidy up really meant to a 3yr old.. and so we decided to use a different phrase.. time to put the toys away -As staff we decided it described the action we were asking them to do,less arbitrary than tidy up.. . Other things we did was call them together and give them tasks in groups, one completed the task they would get outdoor clothes and put them on.. once one group was there the others tended to speed up, all wanted to be outdoors first.. Put things away as they go.. not always possible but they mostly got the hang of it.. Once some were ready we did send one of us outside with others following.. we used a walky-talky between staff if needed- Milling children- I have one year had children all find a book to look at while waiting for others to finish.. they found a book and sat on a carpet area.. in sight they enjoyed this and for that group it worked.. or I would send them to help another group or child. We found it was all about trying to find the best for the children, and for us to keep our sanity at the same time, if that meant queues and lines we did it, what worked one year seldom worked another
  4. Early Years teachers

    We always felt that someone was employed to do a specific job . If we needed an EYT we would have advertised and employed one but to gain a qualification while working did not automatically mean that a job would magically appear for that qualification.. We did aim to employ all level 3 so we had an enhancement / added salary to that level. It was not much but it did encourage more training for those reluctant. We used to say unfortunately we did not have a job vacancy for a EYT at this time but we would consider them if one arose. Meanwhile they could apply for appropriate jobs at other settings if they wish.. I had a job description with everything expected of them - including working at home. I also explained that for it to happen ratios would change and someone else on the team would need to be made redundant so they would need to take on her role as well.
  5. Funding weeks

    That was always our issue, we were paid only 38 weeks funding but if we were open same as school ended up with one week unpaid.. it did not work using these days for training etc as we were not paid for them , so we decided to only open for the weeks we were paid.. no training days for us in funded hours..
  6. Funding weeks

    Definitely varies between areas.. our are can open less than 38 weeks and the setting declares at the beginning of the funding year how many weeks they will be open, and gets paid for just those weeks.. None of those paid for dys can be taken for training , etc. Settings must be open for all the claimed weeks, and if there is a closure day in that week have to make up by opening an extra day. They do offer some lee way for emergency closure .You need to contact your local funding team to find out .
  7. They would need to be fitted for each child, this would take time and knowledge on correct fitting..this would include correct size for child's head measurement and adjusting straps.. In addition not all are the same shape so they also need to be the correct shape for the child's head. If not correctly fitted they can be more harmful than not wearing one.. Most sites suggest wearing one when on 2 wheels.. so do some research and risk assess.. not seen any legislation for them in nursery.
  8. This is so good an idea and inexpensive too.. always a bonus.. get parents to give you all those old pool noodles, but they dont cost much anyway. https://babbledabbledo.com/playground-sized-diy-marble-run/
  9. I shared a short video showing this on the facebook page of FSF Addicts.. but thought you may like to see it here and give it a go.. Sorry cannot get the video to show here unless on Facebook then you can see here . How to Blow Frozen Bubbles Go outside when the temperatures are below freezing. The colder the better. Allow your bubble solution to cool before blowing bubbles. Find a place outside that is cold and protected from the wind. Blow a bubble and catch it on the bubble wand. Wait. The bubble won’t freeze immediately. Depending on the temperature outside, it may take a few seconds to a few minutes to freeze. When the bubble is frozen, touch it lightly and see what happens. Try making frozen bubbles in other places. What would happen if you carefully put a bubble in the freezer? Have fun
  10. Snow Plan

    yes Uphill church.. love walking in that area..
  11. Snow Plan

    Dusting of snow yesterday in Somerset.. we so seldom get snow.. but it is very cold.. (No longer have the issue open or not etc, but roads are so icy and buses stopped where I go to do the Toy Library - opted out today! ) We have some snow on the beach today and the sea has been frozen on the beach for 3 days now..
  12. https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes/healthier-lunchboxes
  13. Could this also be classed as self harming.. there is a raised increase in this amongst younger children who may not fully realise what they are doing.https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/jan/23/children-young-three-self-harm-mental-health Record everythi9ng, daily diary or just incidences so you have a timeline and some way of showing how often and what happens.. Any changes at home or in his life that could cause this - Think it does need watching closely and looking at getting mum see gp, with your documentation it may help.. but she may not want to if she has already kept it quiet or not told you about previous incidences at home. Sorry not much help , just relaying some thoughts as you had no replies yet.. maybe others can help more.
  14. Voting rights

    Mother Goose is right.. were enough present according to constitution- that was always our issue as not enough parents were present so had to keep having a second meeting.. a set percentage of parents had to be present on our PSLA constitution
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