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  1. 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..
  2. 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 .
  3. 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.
  4. 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/
  5. 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
  6. Snow Plan

    yes Uphill church.. love walking in that area..
  7. 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..
  8. https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes/healthier-lunchboxes
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. Voting rights

    All depends on the constitution.. if a PSLA one then unless committee members or have children at the setting they cannot vote.
  12. Never heard of Playfoam and found this description for those like me Playfoam is a completely mess free creative play resource that is great for sensory play! This Learning Resources award winning product helps develop fine motor skills for little hands. The non-toxic formula makes this best selling Playfoam great for safe creative play. It doesn't stick to hands, clothes or carpet, just to itself! What's even better is Playfoam never dries out, so children can display their masterpieces rather than having to put it all back in the box! Playfoam Probably aimed at the home market but depending on price may be useful to settings.. its the amount needed for a group that may prove costly (Argos and Amazon have the 20 pack a bit cheaper than the manufacturer)
  13. Risk assessment for Grommets

    Ask parents about any restrictions or changes you may need to make adapt.. We never did a risk assessment for them, water in the ear canal - tends to be more about hair washing and swimming.. . Main issue could be the amount of noise in the setting could cause distress.. and they may be sensitive to sounds around them.. (remember one child became obsessed with the sound out heater made when cutting in and out.. - no one else noticed it but it was something he had never heard before- along side outside asking why it was so noisy and what was it- birds singing - a great novelty.)
  14. Minimum Wage Increase

    There may be an easier way but here is how our committee worked it out. (Numbers are examples and not true to dates as each will be individual to the setting) Work out the extra pay due each week - ( £5.00) Then work out the number of working weeks between the change date and the end of your financial year - (10 weeks) They then worked out the holiday pay not yet taken - This may need a bit of calculation into how much holiday was accrued before change date and how much after - depends on how the setting calculates holiday pay. ( our contract gave set weeks we were paid holiday pay, 1 Christmas, 2 Easter and rest in August) (3 weeks) Add the holiday weeks due to the working weeks - (13 weeks) This was then multiplied by the weekly amount due (5x 13 = 65) That total was then divided by the number of monthly wage packets due from the change date to the end of the financial year. (5) 65/5 = 13 so increase in this example would be £13.00 per month.. As an alternative you could just pay the extra for each month as it is earnt - bit like overtime would be - the extra is only paid for the weeks they are working and holiday pay - rest would remain the same.
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