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  1. Hi Everyone We are currently wondering where to keep staff mobile phones as the staffroom will not be in use in September. I wondered if any settings had come up with a plan so that staff could access their phone during the day but would still comply with safeguarding needs. Thank you
  2. Hi everyone, hope you are managing to keep healthy and smiling in these strange times. As many of you, I am trying to keep in touch with our families who are not allowed to attend at the moment. As part of this we would like to start doing video calls using apps like zoom etc. Is anyone else doing this already? And if so would be happy to share their Safe video conferencing policy with us? Most of our staff have been furloughed as we only have 3-4 children in. They would like to contact the children from home, but I'm sure that goes against SG policy. I'm thinking we should only do this from work, on work equipment with another person around. What do others think? I look forward to your advice.
  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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  5. Hi can anyone help! We are about to sign a license to open a new preschool within a church building and have conflicting info on Buiness rates payable! Do we pay buiness rate if we are not exclusive users of the property and also have a short term license? Help and advice needed thanks in advance
  6. Hi All, This is my first post! I am a recently appointed Nursery Manager and am updating all policies and procedures. Is there an official list anywhere of what policies and procedures are mandatory please? Thank you! Rhia
  7. 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
  8. Hi is this I need some help please regarding safeguarding (DSL) we have 2 designated Safeguarding leads, however at some point during the year we have both of the DSL away and that leaves no safeguarding staff, even tho all staff are level 3 and are all first aid trained. i am wondering for occasions like this is it possible if one of the staff has the mandatory safeguarding online e course? is this sufficient because i am aware that the nursery at all times during opening hours has to have a safeguarding lead at all times. Any help/guidance will be much appreciated. Thanking you all in advance. Rukaiya
  9. Hi, We have some tricycles in our Pre-Nursery and Nursery. Our children range in age from 2-5 years old. The children ride the trikes along a sort of path way in an enclosed area that is part of our outdoor free-flow area. Can someone please tell me what the current legal requirements are for wearing helmets in a child care setting? Thanks!
  10. Dear Friends, We are a small, rural pre-school in Youlgrave Derbyshire. To help us to improve on our experience and understanding of diversity within our own culture we are looking to link up with another setting. We could share pictures and letters, send photographs of where we live: our setting and the children that attend. As we are a rural Pre-school we are looking for a setting that is perhaps in a city or town. It would be great if perhaps we could arrange a visit one day to experience the differences and similarities that we share. We look forward to making some new friends, Kind regards Lucy Burlinson (manager).
  11. Hi, How does everyone go about reviewing their policies and procedures?. Also, how often do you review each one?. Currently our committee reviews them at half termly meetings but when meetings attendance is low (which is most of the time) the reviews are moved to the next meeting.
  12. Very quick question...looking at setting up a website for our setting. A parent (non committee member) has offered to do this using "some old wix sites he has spare". He does not do this sort of thing for a living. While grateful for the cost saving instinct tells me old sites could have been used for some other purpose in the dim and distant past, also I am insisting he gets DBS as committee member before I give the go ahead. Any thoughts or suggestions please...?
  13. I am trying to find a Safeguarding Audit, and possibly an Inclusion Audit. I cant find where these are. CAn anyone help?
  14. Hi, I hope somebody can help. Our early years setting is part of a private school from 2 to 18 years. We are only Just beginning to show and track progress. In the nursery class and Reception class we have done a baseline assessment, well a best fit approach. We will then do summative assessments at the end of each term. For the whole school approach I have to show numerically and with percentages how much progress we are making and to set targets. My initial idea is to do something similar to GLD, 1-emerging 2-developing 3-secure. So for nursery for example, the majority are within 30-50, so a child that is developing in that area would get 2, I thought if they were in the age band before they would minus 1 point or 3 depending. The problem arises when they are in the age band before. It also wouldn't be cumulative year upon year. Can anyone suggest any ideas or what they do. Thank you!
  15. Hello there. We use a mobile cookery unit within our early years setting, which allows the children to bake in their rooms. Whilst we have risk assessed the use of this etc, we now need to put a policy in place around its use and I just wondered whether anyone has written or come across such a thing before? Thanks
  16. Hello Everyone! I have just taken over as a manger in a committee run pack away preschool and would be grateful for any help! My experience is as a manager in a children's home so i'm new to running an educational setting and don't really know where to start. There doesn't seem to be any paperwork in place from the previous manager apart from a safeguarding file which have been done in recent months by our chair person and an employee file. Does anyone have any recommendations about what else is needed? Where shall I start? I like to be very organised and things to have a place to live so at the minute its riving me crazy not knowing where anything is, not being able to access things quickly when needed and trying to learn the job at the same time. Heath and Safety checks / templates would be appreciated. Team meeting minutes templates? Planning documents, Short/Long term Trackers for learning journeys Anything you think will help!! Thanks Kadie
  17. Hi all, Just interested in what's happening with sun cream application. Do you wash hands between children? Glove up, and change gloves or not between children? Does it depend on the children's skin, or the brand of sun cream? Does anyone have policies for sun cream application or does it fall under general skin cream application? Jacq
  18. Hi We are investigating taking on an apprentice. Have heard mixed reviews from employers in other sectors. Does any one have experience good or bad that could help us with the decision. Thanks Ann and Jo at Putnoe Woods Preschool
  19. Hi All Just wondered how you go about saving places in your settings? An example of the issue we are encountering is: Baby place reserved in Feb for 3 days per week to start in September for which a £50 deposit is charged that is then reimbursed on first invoice. However parent has contacted to say that they now do not want the place until Jan 2018 meaning that the place has been left open for almost a year. We do charge a four week notice period for any changes to start dates but in short this means we have turned other children away from September for a place that we are now unable to charge for until Jan 18. Curious as to how others overcome this?
  20. Hi all! Just had my pre-Ofsted catch up with Pre-school Alliance and one of the few :1b things we picked up is us missing Recruitment procedure. Is there anyone who would not mind sharing their procedure with us,please? Thank you!
  21. 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?
  22. Hi everyone, We are considering other ways in which we safeguard children who attend our setting. Currently, if a child does not turn up for a booked session we would not contact the parents that day, however, if they missed a few sessions we would contact the parents to check in and see if everything is okay. We do not have a time limit or set sessions missed on this though and it is not currently in any of our policies. So can I ask, does anyone have anything like this in place? And what is the time frame you give? If anyone would be happy to share their policy on the subject I would be very grateful. Thanks Sarah
  23. Pre-school Practitioner Hours: 18 hours per week, term time only 8.45am – 2.45pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday A fantastic opportunity for a highly motivated, creative candidate/individual who is passionate about Early Years to join the team at this popular Ofsted Outstanding pre-school. You will need a Level 3 or above recognised Early Years qualification and experience working in an Early Years setting. For further details and an application pack please visit www.dolphinspre-school.co.uk Closing date: Monday 20 June 2016
  24. Hello, Does anybody know the rules and regulations for Nursery staffing? Do you have to have a qualified teacher for a Nursery within a mainstream school? If not, how many nursery nurses etc would be acceptable? Thank you for any help/advice!
  25. Please could someone clarify for me how you have included the new Starting Point advice and referral system in their procedures and practice. I have been told conflicting advice. Is starting point for us to phone if we have a minor safeguarding query or SEN query over a child? From my understanding we are to 'go through" starting point for a referral? County told me that we now phone Starting point instead of CALL Derbyshire but Starting point said we are still to phone Call Derbyshire if it's high risk. I'm so confused!!! The more I look into it the worse it gets! Where on earth does Local Authority Designated Officer come in?! Please help, I am nearly bald!!! Thank you in advance xx
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