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About aliamch

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    Reading and crafting mostly.Spending hours on the forum reading all the old posts and catching up with friends for a good old gossip and of course music of all genres.

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  1. Prevent Duty query

    Exactly, our parents are a wonderful mix of nationalities and ethnicity many off whom travel abroad to visit family or business on a regular basis. There are no signs which raise concerns for any of them.
  2. Prevent Duty query

    Thank you, I don't think it's an issue and certainly don't think questioning him in the name of Prevent Duty is warranted either. The Deputy was so insistant though that I needed to double check.
  3. A dad introduced us to his father in law today explaining that the fil will be collecting his child as dad would be going to India for 3 possibly 4 weeks. The deputy has told me I have too ask him about his travel plans; when he is going, how long for, why he's going and contact details of people he would be seeing. None of his children will be travelling him. She insists these are questions we now have to ask in accordance with Prevent Duty guidance. I know a school in Birmingham has spoken about introducing similar questions on forms for term time holidays but I didn't think it was statutory and I don't remember seeing it in the guidance either.
  4. I've just been given a set of books by Kathy Reichs and have just finished the first one, Cross Bones. I was impressed enough to start the another one straight away! Karrie
  5. I moaned at my daughter staying in bed all day to read them, then found myself doing the same for the last book while feigning a headache! That was two years ago and I was 42! Haven't seen the movies though. Last year a friend gave me the Sookie Stackhouse ('True Blood') series, I hadn't watched the series at the time and I must say they're adult enough for me to hide them away from my girls! Karrie
  6. Policy Absurdities!

    sooooo familiar, we also have requests to 'hand or spoon feed' children their snack, as they can't feed themslves and we're talking about perfectly capable 3 year olds who do quite happily feed themselves!!!
  7. Where Do You Keep Yours?

    That's the one we use now, but I can't remember whose it is, sorry! Karrie
  8. Ready For School

    Teaching children to use cutlery is important, in my son's school many children are starting reception and having school dinners but are unable to use cutlery. Karrie
  9. Outdoor Play

    Those really are fab photos Sue! Access to our outdoor area has to be planned with military precision, through a seperate hall, double doors and three seperate gates, (all of which had to be changed as the children could off easily opened and/or climbed over them). We are one out all out and have enough hats, fleeces, dippy duck suits and wellies for the 26 children we have each session; that also cuts into our time as the younger ones need help, especially with the dippy duck suits. Then there's the constant stream of children needing the toilet, so one member of staff is always accompanying children back and forth to the toilets. Still, I'm sure we'll get there in the end! Karrie
  10. Outdoor Play

    Thanks for that Maz, I've filed this one away for future use.
  11. Just a quick question, if you're a pre-school who can't offer free flow, what is the minimum amount of time you spend outside and would you mind sharing you're routine please? We go out everyday but our outdoor area is shared so we have to set up and pack away each day (and same for indoors), so sometimes we only manage 20 - 30 mins outdoors and we've been told we should aim for a minimum of an hour. Thanks Karrie
  12. I think I really would invest in a new filing cabinet for records and personal information, and lock it when the setting is closed. Do many staff come in out of hours to do their records/profiles? If so maybe you could arrange for you all to do it together at the same or in small groups. I often do mine at the same time as a work colleague and sometimes it's helpful to run things by someone if you not sure about something or just to get a second opinion. Karrie
  13. Is it usual for all members of staff to have sets of keys? In my setting 4 of us have keys to open up the main halls, activity/toy cupboards and outside area but only the manager and deputy have keys to where all the children's and staff information is kept, including profiles. Karrie
  14. Just read the new posts, I'm too slow in replying! I'd buy a new filing cabinet for the files, claiming enhanced security and safeguarding, and not give her a key!
  15. I'd say Cait's plan is a good one and workable especially if she's likely to get very verbal if confronted directly. If she continues to flout your rules and authority though, it will need to be sorted one way or the other for your own sanity if nothing else. Good luck. Karrie