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  1. Hi, I have a child who will soon be holidaying abroad where the coronavirus is spiking again and the R rate is currently 2.6. As a Childminder would you be advising they do not return to your setting until 7 days after they return to the uk? Would you also apply this to children who are holidaying in the UK if the R rate is high (R1+)in those areas too. I am aware the government guidance specifies no quarantine rules from certain countries but if children are returning from areas where the R rate has increased then coming into your home when they get back this could potentially put other children and my own family at greater risk. Would love to know your thoughts on this - thank you
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  3. I am a PhD researcher at the Institute of Education, UCL, exploring the impact that the 30 funded hours policy is having on settings. The study takes a broad view and seeks to examine how the policy impacts upon the day-to-day running of settings, the finances of settings, the children and families, the practitioners and so on. If you work in any setting that offers the 15 and 30 funded hours and would be happy to discuss your experiences of the 30 hours policy in an interview lasting around 45 minutes, please do e-mail me at s.vince.14@ucl.ac.uk. The project has been approved by the UCL ethics committee. Many thanks Sharon Vince PhD Researcher, Institute of Education, UCL
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  8. NEW Training Opportunity - L3 Certificate for SENCOs in the Early Years (CERTSEY) Offered by Bedford Borough in partnership with Eastern Partnership UK (SEND) and accredited by Gateway Qualifications (13 L3 credits) Click attached flyer for more information on the course If you are a setting , located outside of Bedford Borough, please click on the following link to find out more information about the course https://easternpartnership.co.uk/ CERTSEY Flyer - Bedford Borough Council.pdf
  9. Well goodness gracious me!!! FSF has it's first podcast!! Helen, Jules and Rebecca sat down and discussed what Ofsted could possibly mean when they talk about Cultural capital. The link will take you through the Spotify site where you can listen to our podcast (you don't have to be a Spotify subscriber: Cultural Capital
  10. I would like to employ a full time Childcare Assistant for my provision in the Eastcote/Pinner area. Enhanced DBS and Paediatric First Aid trained is essential. If this is something of interest, please email info@ticklyyums.com Look forward to hearing from you.
  11. Hi there, My Name is Tracey, I'm a childminder on the Wirral. I'm new to Tapestry and just getting my head around it but loving the ease at which I can now do the learning journal observations. or I was until android decided to send me a mobile phone update. The latest update is called PIE and android will be sending it out automatically to all uses (like it or not) unfortunately the Tapestry app is not compatible with the new update, as you will all discover when you all get your upgrade. Can anyone tell me when Tapestry will be updating there systems to accommodate to new version? I was told by android that all app providers were informed of the new update over three months ago and it is up to the app provider to update there systems. Can anyone please help. Kind regards, Tracey.
  12. Hi all, We're a committee run Nursery who run out of a rented building upon a school site. We're hoping to set up a breakfast with the school and are looking into the possibilty of running this in the school hall. Although we are on the same site we are registered separately and would need to register the school site as an additional premises with Ofsted. Does anyone out there have any experience of this process - is it fairly straightforward/worth doing? Thanks in advance!
  13. Hi everyone can anyone help me, i have made a child who is on my Tapestry as inactive and i cant find him now, how can i get him back and all his records on Tapestry ? Any help would be gratefully received. Claire
  14. Hi, I have just started to use the care diary this week and I think I like it! Its taking me slightly longer than writing in their books but I am hoping I will speed up once I'm more familiar with it and have more of my meals on there. My question.....I was wondering if we could also use the general log as an attendance record? I have been using the general log to record what activities we have done and used the start/finish time to reflect what time they arrive/leave. It seems like a duplication to then write down on a piece of paper the times they arrived and left. If they have a day off I could create an entry and put 'Holiday' or "sick" in the log. Is anyone doing this or can anyone see ofsted having a problem with this? I hate hate hate printing off reams and reams of paper and storing it. In my view, its recorded! If we can record accidents and observations on tapestry, why on attendance records too?
  15. Any recommendations for a double buggy for use with under two year olds and including babies? Any ones to avoid? Many thanks.
  16. Self-employed childminders & HMRC webinar - A basic guide to key Tax & NI issues affecting childminders This might be helpful to you! Sign up here
  17. I have a child who I am claiming the 15 hours funding for but has poor attendance. What can i do to improve the attendance, I find it hard as it is not compulsory yet the child is missing out a lot.
  18. We have just published an insightful article by Penny Tassoni called 'Reducing Educational Disadvantage'. For those of you familiar with Penny's work you will not be surprised to read the carefully considered points and the practical suggestions aimed at helping children get the best possible start. You can read the article here and comment and ask questions on this thread.
  19. Hi all We are new crèche starting out and are looking at a variety of options for planning and assessment to make it as streamlined and time efficient as possible. I have started my trial of tapestry and it looks really good, I will have play with it and look more at the tracking side. Please can anyone help with the following Are you able to use Tapestry to do planning or did anyone use any other programs alongside tapestry or instead off? What are the best and worst things about tapestry for you? What my ideal system will be is that all planning, observations and assessments are all paper free. This is so we can spend more time with the children, as it will hopefully be more time efficient as well as parents being more involved in their child's learning. Hope you can help
  20. Hiya, I just wondered if there was an update on the progress of the app that children can access their learning journal in the setting and at home? I know this was talked about and may have been mentioned recently but I don't come on here often do may have missed it. Also thought it was worth showing my interest in the daily diaries and attendance registers, I've seen the daily diaries is being discussed at the moment, very excited by that! The attendance register would be really useful to have access to from the app if possible, or not sure if it would need to be a separate app with daily diaries? I used tadpoles for a while along side tapestry which was easy to use but stopped after the trial as I was waiting to see what happened with tapestry. Really like all the changes to tapestry anything that makes our life easier is greatly appreciated ☺️
  21. Hi I'm a newbie to the forum and to Tapestry, I am a childminder in the South West 'waves hello' :1b I can't figure out how to add friends on here I have at least one one here I know lol! I was wondering if I am missing something but it's a little frustrating that Tapestry doesn't indicate what observations you have already recorded when you are making a new one, is this likely to change does anyone know, would be useful (or is it just me?!)
  22. Forum member WChurchill (she of the wonderful New Zealand blog) has been reflecting on her own professional development and has been considering what she thinks early years priorities should be. We will be posting her thoughts here over the next few days - you will see that there are clear questions for consideration: please go ahead and put your own thoughts and experiences on the thread! I'm excited to see what we all think! An early years practitioner in the Millennium: Challenges of technology, austerity, accountability, and globalisation. One practitioner’s perspective. "I spent over twenty rewarding and stimulating years as a classroom teacher in the North of England and for the most part as a senior manager responsible for the early years foundation stage (EYFS). I delighted in working with children and parents and felt hugely privileged to be able to foster relationships and play a role in such a formative time in their lives. I was immensely proud of my achievements and my work was very much a part of my identity and who I was. I did not aspire to be a Headteacher as I did not feel that management was a route I would take to achieve my goals. It was also possible that this path could be at variance with my evolving teaching philosophy. I always thought I would stay in the classroom but as those of you who were followers of my posts on the forum will know, this intention did not come to fruition for me and reaching for goals can take unknown paths" What are your professional, long and short-term goals? What are your aspirations for the children that you work with? What needs to be accessible to you to achieve these aspirations?
  23. I placed a status on a facebook page regarding training as was overwhelmed is setting wanting training, there where many comments which I then asked to comment on here, but if they do not have the sign in details as usually would be the manager then they cannot post. Do you have a facebook/twitter Page that is direct to you. There are many setting that are interested in either web training or meeting in local areas together, Can you help with this I understand that some training was delivered in Devon (I think it was.) So can you help with training? if so where will training take place? How do we contact or do we have to source this ourselves?. I love Tapestry but I find the only part confusing is the analysis.
  24. John Blaney who runs the Forest School project at Bridgewater College has written this fantastic article for us about 'Street Play'. For those of us that saw John speak at the NDNA conference last July this is a very welcome article which oozes with John's infectious enthusiasm! Once you've read it - what do you think? Knock, knock can you come out to play? - John Blaney article
  25. We have reviewed 'Let's talk behaviour!' by Wendy Usher. You can read our review here. We'd be interested to here what you think! Let me know your thoughts ...
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