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It's a busy time, where everyone is up, arisen barely half an hour ago, but still, up and about. There is that noise that you get in shopping precincts, buzzing bodies are busy all doing their own thing.

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It's a busy time, where everyone is up, arisen barely half an hour ago, but still, up and about. There is that noise that you get in shopping precincts, buzzing bodies are busy all doing their own thing. The little children are talking gibberish and holding on the pram while the mum chooses the direction. Only she knows they have milk around their mouths, dry and crusty, the sort that won't rub off with just a tissue. The school is not really school but is a school to learn, play and share and basically to have fun. The mum and child can both enjoy it. The mum enjoys it as she gets rid of the little nuisance for the morning and get a chance to catch up on the latest 'goss' with their friends, later pottering on to the hairdressers.' The child can enjoy it as they get to catch up with all the 'goss' about fire man Sam and Thomas the tank engine whilst building the twin towers with Duplo blocks, later moving on to a drink of milk to refresh the moustache and a custard cream biscuit. Both meet up once again for lunch and to greet their little brother in the pram. The job, is a pre-school leader, working only half a day, but said to be enough. ...read more.

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These people check up on standards of the building i.e. qualities and faults. They also make sure the nursery is being run appropriately, and that the child is being taught the right things. The leaders have to show their plans in long , medium and short term formats. They have to observe and evaluate the extent to which children are making progress towards the six early learning goals. It is taken into account what the children are doing, how worthwhile it is, whether they respond well and are keen to learn and the quality of learning opportunities provided to them. All this entails lots and lots of paperwork, leaving very little time to spend with the children some days! Pre-school leaders average about �7 an hour which by today's standards is pretty good. When I first started doing this work I got �6 per morning. Also extra is given for planning at home. 'I often volunteer for planning as you get paid quite a bit extra.' The money for the pre-school comes from funding in general. This is basically the government. This is where the government offer children of three to four years of age free education in approved nurseries. This way the parents do not have to pay and get their child supervised for a morning free of charge. ...read more.

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They depart at 11.45am and I leave shortly afterwards for the long uphill hike back home. It isn't a bad job, I have had worse. However, if I could change anything about it, it would be to be based in a purpose built classroom. The fact that we have to set up and tidy everything away each day makes the job harder. Lifting furniture and equipment soon makes you ache. I would also enjoy the job more if we didn't have Ofsted breathing down our necks. We are now given no warning of their arrival, other than a time scale of up to six weeks when they may descend to inspect us. I think they are hoping to catch us doing something dire! On the whole though, the hours that I work fit in well with what I want to do.. I work four mornings, term time only, which leaves me free to pursue my other interests of gardening and meeting friends for coffee! I never dreamt that I would end up working with children, I didn't even like kids when I was younger. I wanted to be a probation officer or some sort of social worker whilst I was growing up." Bronwen intends to continue in her job for the foreseeable future. She says, "the hours and holidays suit me whilst my own children are at school, but I would like to retire by the time I am fifty!" ...read more.

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