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    Hi, I find myself in a bit of a dilema, even though I think I know what the answer is, I wanted to run it past you ladies to see if anyone else has encountered the same problem. I have just had one of my parents tell me they have deferred their child a year from starting school and instead of starting school this September, they will be starting next September. There is no reason for this, other than she is a "summer baby" and mum feels she's too little to start this year.
    I, have however, a mum coming back from maternity cover next January, who, when she has come back, with the child having deferred, will put me over my numbers on a couple of days.
    It never entered my head mum would hold her child back a year and it has just thrown me, what do I do?
    Am I right in thinking, even though they are school age, and by rights should be in full time education, because they are being held back a year, I still have to class them as on my Early Years Register, and are still in my 3 under 5 ratio?

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    If they are 4, then yes they will remain in your ey numbers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by luckylady22 View Post
    Hi, I find myself in a bit of a dilema, even though I think I know what the answer is, I wanted to run it past you ladies to see if anyone else has encountered the same problem. I have just had one of my parents tell me they have deferred their child a year from starting school and instead of starting school this September, they will be starting next September. There is no reason for this, other than she is a "summer baby" and mum feels she's too little to start this year.
    I, have however, a mum coming back from maternity cover next January, who, when she has come back, with the child having deferred, will put me over my numbers on a couple of days.
    It never entered my head mum would hold her child back a year and it has just thrown me, what do I do?
    Am I right in thinking, even though they are school age, and by rights should be in full time education, because they are being held back a year, I still have to class them as on my Early Years Register, and are still in my 3 under 5 ratio?

    Would it not come under continuity of care for the mum coming back? I presume you have a child of hers already before she went on maternity leave? also the 4 year old is not new business. I could be wrong but that's how I interpret it.

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    My line of thinking is the same as Chris goodyears. Continuity of care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    My line of thinking is the same as Chris goodyears. Continuity of care.
    yes i did think that, and yes it would all be continuity of care, however, i thought having 5 in the early years group wasn't really acceptable, the most I thought was 4 under 5, even under continuity of care, especially as Ofsted seem to have cracked down on ratios again recently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luckylady22 View Post
    yes i did think that, and yes it would all be continuity of care, however, i thought having 5 in the early years group wasn't really acceptable, the most I thought was 4 under 5, even under continuity of care, especially as Ofsted seem to have cracked down on ratios again recently.
    I have heard of cms having 5 under 5 years of age. I suppose it's if you think you can give them all the amount of care they need. Would they all be full time? Could you have an assistant until the 4 year old starts school? I would look into this rather than let either parent/child down.

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    Has the mum been paying to hold her space during her maternity leave?

    If she has it will be continuity of care, if not it's classed as new business
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    Paragraph 3.42 of the new EYFS :

    3.42. If a childminder can demonstrate to parents and/or carers and Ofsted inspectors
    or their childminder agency that the individual needs of all the children are being
    met, exceptions to the usual ratios can be made, for example, when childminders
    are caring for sibling babies, or when caring for their own baby, or to maintain
    continuity of care. If children aged four and five only attend the childminding
    setting before and/or after a normal school day, and/or during school holidays,
    they may be cared for at the same time as three other young children. But in all
    circumstances, the total number of children under the age of eight being cared for
    must not exceed six.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luckylady22 View Post
    yes i did think that, and yes it would all be continuity of care, however, i thought having 5 in the early years group wasn't really acceptable, the most I thought was 4 under 5, even under continuity of care, especially as Ofsted seem to have cracked down on ratios again recently.
    According to the ratios and the exceptions if the mum on maternity leave hasnt left your care ie terminated your contract while on maternity leave she can return in theory.

    However 5 eyfs for one person is very hard work and ofsted wont tell you what you can or cant do it HOWEVER they will judge you on how you are managing the variation. So if they deem you are not managing the 5 children well they will grade you according.

    You would have to think how you would get about how you would plan the different activities so all the children are progressing.

    Also if you have any other children if it takes you to more that 6 under 8 then its a no even with continuity of care
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