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Inge

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  1. Would any of you consider a glitter ban, considering what it is made of now and the amount of pollution it could cause when used in the quantities it is.. Putting together all settings it would be a considerable amount.. Sky News - Nurseries ban glitter over pollution concerns I had not really thought about it until now..
  2. 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)
  3. 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.)
  4. 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.
  5. Minimum Wage Increase

    For fairness we always did the same % increase for all,but there is no reason that you have to do this, you can just increase the minimum wage earners.. . We always felt it unfair to not keep the difference between the wage scales. how long before they all become the same, and with no funding increase due before more increases in living wage etc this will become even harder in the not too distant future.
  6. PSLA commented on this a few days ago, did put it on th FSF Addicts Facebook page, (sorry don't always remember to add it here too) The more worrying angle is the aim to increase it to £9 by 20 20 with no increase in the funding supplied, that is to remain the same until then.. I am so glad it is not my headache to sort it out anymore.. we were at breaking point when I retired with cost and funding just breaking even, no way is that the case now.
  7. We have one of those at the toy library,it is very popular with parents and settings.. i do point out the escape issues but no one ever seems to be bothered about it, It is out alot of the time for children with extra needs or younger children more than the 3+ It is extremely sturdy , always out and never on the shelf for more than a couple of hours.
  8. Granny Gift!

    Fabric bags - can be decorated using fabric paints and will be individual to the child.. this is assuming they will all buy one , and remembering not all children have a granny so needs to be something that anyone can use/ buy.
  9. I saw one of them, it wa the one mentioned above, and decided that I was not happy with the way children were being used in set up situations some obviously set up to fail.. I see there are more programmes but did not watch any of them.. I felt it really was nothing to do with secret life of these children, more a set of tasks / situations for them to be filmed in.. I wondered what was the benefit to these children..and what did they gain from it..
  10. Glitter Ban

    But at those prices out of reach for everyday /playgroup use.. Suppose food grade would be too..
  11. Glitter Ban

    Not sure on accuracy as not checked this out yet but an interesting read.. http://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/pft/2017/9/6/microfibers-the-plastic-inside-us
  12. packed lunches

    The issue I have with enforced eating rules is that they could lead to overeating.. that is a lot to eat first to get to a 'treat', and some will eat it all to gt it when they really are not needing that much food. (How many grew up with the eat your dinner or you get no pudding-totally illogical and caused so many to overeat. No puddings in our house with a meal, but as a snack occasionally when hungry or even as a meal on its own! Yes at home we occasionally have a meal of just the pudding, that way we enjoy it to the full ) It usually came back to educating parents on amounts and contents of boxes to things the child could manage and enjoy. Encourage the savoury first, but we never enforced any rules.. We did check the boxes as we said no sweets or fizzy drinks, that some did try to sneak in, but otherwise it was childs choice.. same for snack..encourage the tasting of fruit for those not familiar with it but not enforce any order of eating.
  13. me too please - Too much tapestry -
  14. A couple of ideas.. a previous thread and a site for the bean game.. ( taking me a while to get used to this new format- searching for old posts took me ages- there are probably lots of ideas in there if you can search for them) http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/warm-up-ideas/beans-activity http://eyfs.info/forums/topic/47806-pe-ideas/
  15. Role Descriptions

    http://eyfs.info/forums/files/category/87-job-descriptions-2016/ Always worth a look at the resource library.. these are a few years old but they may help as a starting point..
  16. AGM Question

    Our staff did not attend other than manager.. they could have no input and could not be elected to committee because of our constitution so no point.. If they can be elected to committee , as some constitutions allow now they they should attend,but cannot see any reason they must attend..
  17. New Manager

    http://dnn.essex.gov.uk/eycp/Resources.aspx
  18. It will always depend on the child as well, some respond well to Makaton, others Pictures.. As it is signs along with words we tended to use Makaton everyday with a lot of the things we did even if we had no children needing it.. it was a sort of habit that we got into and kept going for alot of everyday things. We didn't realise how much until we had a visitor ask about it and why we were all using hand gestures..
  19. Staff wage increases

    For us it was always a big balancing act on looking at what we could reasonably afford against what I felt I wanted to give. I did tend to look at the percentage increase on minimum wage and tried to increase everyone by that percentage at the same time. Finances did not always allow this so I had to use the percentage we could reasonably afford. I did always make it a percentage rather than a flat amount.. rounding up or down to the nearest figure that made it easy to calculate. I always felt flat amounts for all unfair as it did duce the differential we had tried hard to set up.
  20. Some of this will always depend on what is already in place.. It needs to be coordinated with other professionals and parents,its no good one person using one and the other something different.. In our case it was always Makaton - the children were often using it at home and it was able to use signs rather than have pictures.. That said some of our children used to use Makaton in conjunction with Pecs.. and we used Pecs for the timetables and often for food and other things while sat with the children, using the sign as well as the picture.
  21. Womans Hour Programme ( Limited time period )
  22. Powder paint

    Always did as Korkycat does.. never used ready mix paint.. always used cellulose paste, powder paint and washing up liquid.. added bonus is paper will stick to it and other small items.. We also used the cellulose paste when sticking paper items together,was cheaper than PVA
  23. Have a look at the NHS one.. Change 4 life. they do lunch box tips and info as well as other information..
  24. PSLA have produced quick and easy explanation of the problems surrounding the 30 hours funding, that will help parents understand the underfunding and issues. I think it could be printed out and used as a display as well as giving parents the link. https://www.pre-school.org.uk/30-hours-interactive-explainer
  25. holiday pay

    I used to pay everyone one week above the minimum needed.. this was partly as a good will gesture for the hours I knew they did but never claimed for.. No one ever claimed time when they went shopping for us.. This also allowed us to ensure they were getting the holiday entitlement for extra hours worked.. some often did overtime and extra days but never asked for holiday pay to cover it..
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