600 Hours Update. The Early Learning and Childcare Parent/Carer Survey has been open until Friday 24 January. Responses are still being returned at the moment. Full analysis will be starting next week. Here is a short summary of responses. 1727 RESPONSES SO FAR.
The Early Learning and Childcare Parent/Carer Survey has been open until Friday 24 January. Responses are still being returned at the moment. Full analysis will be starting next week.
Here is a short summary of responses.
1727 RESPONSES SO FAR
Yes - 91.49%
NO – 2.66%
1st- 3 hours and 10 minutes each day M-F term time only – 43.73%
2nd- 2x8 hour days term time only - 29.21%
3rd- 3 hours each day M-F + 2 weeks of the school holidays - 20.12%
50.4%- children under 3 years
74.44%- children between -3-5 years
31.93%- children at primary school
3%- children at secondary school
1.15%- children have left school
87.02% - female
Canal View Primary school
Craigroyston Primary School
Forthview Primary School
Hillwood Primary School
St John Vianney RC Primary School
In the survey the most popular option was for the extended session and not 2 eight hour days. Next year we will have to look at how we can develop this more flexible delivery.How do you suggest that this could be provided?
Testing Implementation of Additional Session Times
By the end of January 2014 we will gather information from five nursery classes to help us better understand and address the challenges of delivering the 600 hours entitlement to early learning and childcare
All testing a 40 minute increase in session time 3hours 10minutes.
Newcraighall 8.30 – 11.40 and 12.40 – 3.50
Ratho 8.15 – 11.25 and 12.20 – 3.30
Dalry 8.30 – 11.40 and 12.20 – 3.30
Ferryhill 8.20 – 11.30 and 12.30 – 3.40
(To be in by 8.30am if using the additional time)
Granton 8.30 – 11.40 and 12.20 – 3.30
Before usual morning start. Week 1
After usual morning finish week 1
Before usual afternoon start. Week 1
After usual afternoon finish. Week 1
“The increased nursery session was very helpful. It helped me have enough time to prepare their meals before they come home.”
“He enjoyed his extra time and seemed to have more stories to me about his day.”
“Great!! What a difference an extra 30 minutes makes.”
“ The additional time is a good idea but I prefer if it could be at the end (of the morning).”
“I think it will be useful to have an extra 40 minutes childcare per day...I can see this being quite difficult to implement.”
“I have a daughter in school and it would make no sense to go home for 10 minutes then to have to return to pick up at nursery.”
“I didn’t use the extra time as it means we have to wait in the cold for an extra 15 minutes for Daniels sister to go into school.”
“ I would rearrange my classes in future if nursery hours were longer. A lot better longer.”
“She gets breakfast in our house with myself which I feel is important.”
“Extra start time has been good for my child, but this start time was a bit close to primary start for it to make any difference to me.”
“Couldn’t get them motivated and out the door earlier.”
“I liked playing longer.”
“I liked it because it was quiet”
“I liked having more time to play.”
“I was tired.”
On your table you have examples of staggered session times. Discuss how you think this could work for your establishment, what are the challenges and what are the solutions.What would be your choice for your establishment?
Overall summary of time by Task when child contact excluded
Being with the children longer meant we got more done.
Felt we had more quality time with the children/less rushed.
Relaxed atmosphere as no time pressure.
Setting up with the kids.
Children seemed calmer and enjoyed being more settled to do activities.
Week 2 went much better
What was a challenge?
Lack of time to meet with staff.
Difficult to talk to parents.
It’s impossible to do the paperwork, evaluate and discuss.
Matching teacher contact hours to extended hours.
Amount of time on the door.
Long time manning the door as they straggled in.
Not knowing who was arriving and pick up times
Some nurseries will need to review their tasks and reflect on how they use their existing resources e.g.
Shopping for snack. Buy in bulk.
Spending time on the door. Share expectations with parents.
Tidying/Preparation. Involve the children in every day
Seek advice from Early Learning and Childcare
settings open for 52 weeks.