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C1403 last won the day on September 23 2017

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  1. EY2 forms for Committee Members

    This is what we did after our last AGM... 1-New members elected. 2-Chair updates trustee details to Charity Commission and Companies House (Ofsted check this during EY2 process) 3-New members apply for DBS and complete EY2 online (you can do the EY2 before the DBS comes back but aren't deemed suitable without the DBS). 4-Nominated Individual (myself) emailed Ofsted with new members and leavers etc. I then wait a month and check online to see if it's all up to date etc. I even had Ofsted chasing me at one point for EY2# (usually pretty slow) Our AGM was November and we are finally all up to date :-)
  2. Inspection tomorrow eeeek

    Report back soon X
  3. Inspection tomorrow eeeek

    Hi We have had the call. Ofsted called me (chair) as couldn't get though to the setting, I said we do not have someone monitoring phones and maybe best to try at 2.45... they understood and said they would keep trying the manager. Fast forward as I collect my daughter I asked the manager did she get the call. She had no idea! The phone is in the kitchen and i guess difficult to hear. She did speak to the inspector eventually. Typical timing...we have just had a skip delivered (on the road outside) and had a good sort out recentlty. Staff member down tomorrow too. As the chair/nominate person and relatively un-experienced I am feeling very nervous.... I told the manager to give me a call if she needed anything or a hand. It's 8.30pm and not heard anything! Wish us luck. We have had good for last 10 years and hope to get maintain our current grade (it's been a difficult year too with staff leaving etc) C X
  4. Sharing your premises

    Thanks for replies. It's not the cost that is the issue but safety aspects of a broken glass. I think we just need to do a more through check every time it is hired out and ensure they report any breakages etc. Thanks
  5. Sharing your premises

    Question please for those of you that share/hire out your premises. We occasionally hire out our hall on weekends for children's parties etc. Users have access to main hall, kitchen and toilets (Office is locked so no paperwork available) We have a checklist for hirers to sign to say they must not take toys outside, take their own rubbish, hoover and mop floors etc However recently we found some glass under a unit that obviously hasn't been noticed. Our staff do not recall a breakage so we assume it was during a hall hire...it is often easy to miss things like this when cleaning up. Netherthless it got us thinking. Just wondering how you deal with others using your area and equipment. We are putting together a inventory of kitchen items and including on our agreement about reporting any damages etc. I'd say it is hired maybe once-twice a month. Usually to parents or ex parents for toddler parties. Thanks
  6. Minimum Wage Increase

    I just read our contact of employment and it states pay is reviewed annually or as per statutory requirements. I do agree that we should change to review in April from 2019 so will raise this with Committee.
  7. Minimum Wage Increase

    That's a good idea. Maybe we should have done that so it ties in with any April legislative changes (joy of being a committee and not really knowing these things)
  8. Minimum Wage Increase

    The last pay review (for all staff) of 2% was in September and wouldn't generally be reviewed again until next September. We thought this may actually cover any minimum wage increase in April (I'm all for increasing the minimum wage and would love to pay staff more) Th staff in question are above the current min wage but will fall just under the new rate in April. I think we'll probably just increase them as per the legislation. Thanks
  9. Minimum Wage Increase

    Hello all Our staff had their last pay review in September (all staff had a 2% increase). I've just been reading about the minimum wage increase from April. 3 of our 8 staff are under the new minimum wage rate of £7.83 (unqualified). Come April would we just incase these staff members in line with legislative changes and the others remain as they are? I just want to make sure everything is fair for all Thanks in advance C
  10. Committee Responsibilities

    I am the chair and I worked along side the manager to work out the role/hours/job description. I placed the ad on behalf of the pre-school, received the applications etc. I then went through with the manager and shortlisted for interview. We had a panel interview, myself, manager and another committee member. I drafted the questions again with the managers help. I think responsibility for recruitment lies with the committee but it's not a task they can do alone.
  11. Outings

    Me again! Can you let me know what you use on outings to show that children belong to your setting (based on the awful chance one went missing/got separated) It was suggested we try silicone wristbands however we tried a sample on one of our tiny wrists and it was too loose. Just wondering what others use that work well on little ones. Our visits are usually to the woods and sometimes shop, cafe etc. High Viz vests? Badges? Stickers?
  12. Updating Policies

    Thanks. It appears we have done our part (adopt the policy, sign etc) but the manager needs to inform staff.
  13. Hi All A very quick question regarding policies. When you make amendments to policies do you have a staff meeting to adopt the changes or so hand updated copies to staff and ask them to read and then sign to say they have done so. We are planning to review a policy a month. Thanks
  14. Copyright Law

    Can't help with videos/DVDs but we were made aware of a licence relating to playing music....which we do mainly at christmas. (We have the licence)
  15. Committee/manager help

    Coming from the opposite side, I am a committee chair and the problem we have have is the manager. They refuse to delegate to the committee, take on too much and then nothing gets done. I appreciate however this must be difficult as Commitee's change and some are more involved than others. What I have done, that is slowly starting to work, is have regular meetings just myself and the manager so everything isn't left for Commiteee meetings. We also allocated certain areas to individual members such as maintenance, hall hire, staff, administration, events. So work is so shared amongst the commitee. Commitee's do not know what is expected of them, such a huge responsibility and they're doing it without any training and for free. We have a hand book with job descriptions listing the responsibilities, this could be a good idea. Also, does your chair have appraisals or supervisions with you as manager? This could be the opportunity to highlight the issues you're facing. I feel for both sides in this situation, good luck.