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  1. Two year checks

    Hi Rebecca That was my understanding too and we do get a copy of the check from parents when children transfer. I am asking the question because a setting near us was told by an Ofsted inspector that they had to do their own checks regardless of whether a child had already had one done. Apparently the manager queried it too and the inspector phoned for guidance which re affirmed what she said. Is this a possible question for Ofsted for clarification?
  2. My understanding has always been that as long as a child has had a two year progress check, it doesn't need doing again if they move to a new setting after. Am I right?
  3. Snow Plan

  4. Ofsted online SEF ends April 2018

    I agree. I wonder how much the inspector will know about the setting now before they arrive for the inspection. We are all quite different and I do feel that the first part of the SEF with all the setting informarion "set the scene", so to speak.
  5. Art project

    Thanks Zigzag - that would be really useful. Thanks Finleysmaid too.
  6. Art project

    We also need to improve the acoustics in our playgroup as we have a little one who has hearing impairment. We have three big rooms, all with very high ceilings, no carpet and one with no curtains. The walls are very old and really difficult to attach anything to them and not allowed to hang anything from the ceiling. Sometimes the noise is very loud. Anybody got experience of this problem and can advise. Like the idea of canvases on the wall. Thanks.
  7. Playfoam

    Yes we have and it does make a nice change from dough. It is quite clean to use, in that children don't need to wash hands after using it. Try and keep it on the table though as it will get in tread of shoes.
  8. Minimum Wage Increase

    I have 2 members of staff who this will apply to - being paid just under the newer minimum wage for April. The challenge for me is that my staff are on salaried contracts so their yearly wage plus holiday pay is worked out based on 38 weeks and then paid over 52 weeks. Not sure how I manage an increase mid way through the year. Has anybody done this already and can help?
  9. Staff wage increases

    Just wanted to see if anyone was increasing wages from September and by what percentage? I have two staff on minimum wage(since it went up in April) so looking to increase that but then it impacts on maintaining the differential for other more qualified staff. Trying to find some figures for average wage increases for nursery staff. 3.5% seems to be national average (Daily Telegraph) but my husband who is a train driver only got 2%. Any help please.
  10. We used Boardmaker when making visual timetables for children with additional needs.
  11. I agree completely with Finleysmaid in that getting to know the child and what works or doesn't work is the most important (but isn't that the case for all children!) We were lucky to have good support from our LA special needs support team who helped with different strategies. Visual timetables and picture cues using Boardmaker worked for us, although I was really sceptical at first. Our little one was much happier to follow routines or instructions if the "picture said he had to" rather than an adult. We also referred to him by name all the time, e.g. .... needs to put his coat on now, rather than "you need to". Be prepared to anticipate tricky situations and act beforehand. Our little one really struggled with others coming into his space so we often manoevred other children into spaces a little away when they were playing alongside so as not to have outbursts. Other children became quite accepting of him and his different behaviours after a while although other parents less so. With his parents consent, we were up front to them and any visitors about his diagnosis and the fact that we worked with him in a different way and that our expectations and rules for him reflected his difficulties. Finally, I am the playgroup leader, and the Senco and I was his support person. In a small setting, its what you have to do. Supporting him was the hardest year I've ever had but also the most rewarding. But I won't miss that feeling of always having to check where he was, listen out and anticipate any difficulties at a moment's notice. If I can help with anything else, just let me know.
  12. Powder paint

    I add a bit of washing up liquid. It seems to help it mix although red seems to be a nightmare to get the powder to stop floating on the top and mix in. I always mix with a knife so you can scrape the bottom and sides of the pot.
  13. Claims for funding

    Just looked at paperwork from council about parents claiming for FEEE. Each claim form is now 5 pages long and has to be completed each term. It covers 2 year funding, 15 hours, 30 hours, EYPP and DAF eligibility all on one form and one page is all about data protection. My printing costs are really going to rise, not to mention the time needed to guide each parent through the form. Can see where the increase (?) in funding is going to go! Also, how many other people have to copy and keep a copy of children's birth certificates? In the past, I just looked at them and ticked a box to say I had checked them.
  14. Thanks Hopeytg and I'll message again with more questions I'm sure. She would be doing it with Huddersfield Uni. It's trying to plan for the 6 week placement which is a nightmare. It's a long time for a member of staff to be away from the setting.
  15. All of the above and set a start and finish time and try to keep to it! These review meetings are prone to drag on with information that while it might be interesting is not always pertinent to the review. I try to keep our reviews to an hour, mainly because they take me away from being in ratio, and because other professionals who might be contributing are working to a schedule too . I also offer a cup of tea or coffee to make the atmosphere welcoming. Something that doesn't happen any more in council held meetings "because of the cuts", though I'm sure a hot drink can't cost that much!