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Cm-So day off today and guess what im doing?

(59 Posts)
wednesdaygirl Fri 29-Mar-13 18:05:44

Been to town and bought a ipad 4 for the minded children

Just downloaded a load of apps for them and had a play on the apps grin

MUM2BLESS Fri 29-Mar-13 18:47:23

Excuse me for asking how much did it cost? How will you monitor who plays on it and how long etc. Will you need to ask permission from the parents.

It sounds like a good idea.

Sorry for questioning you as the ipad is kinna new to me.

Thank you

MortifiedAdams Fri 29-Mar-13 18:51:06

Hope you arent my CM.

perplexedpirate Fri 29-Mar-13 18:54:56

Um, why Mortified?

MortifiedAdams Fri 29-Mar-13 18:56:14

Because I dont want my LO sat playing apps.

grabaspoon Fri 29-Mar-13 19:08:56

Mortified - I am a nanny - and have on ocassion (very rarely) let my charge play on my tablet.

What are your objections? smile

nbee84 Fri 29-Mar-13 19:10:15

Mortified - there are lots of educational apps, it's not all Angry Birds.

My reception age charge's school have them for use in the classroom. They were doing phonics on them on Wednesday morning.

fuckwittery Fri 29-Mar-13 19:10:17

I wouldn't be very happy as a parent and won't it get broken quickly?

EeyoresGloomyPlace Fri 29-Mar-13 19:12:52

What's the problem? Assuming proper monitoring/supervision etc there are tonnes of great apps both educational and fun. Schools are starting to use them too. Dd1 loves ours and we have lots of fun playing it together.

MortifiedAdams Fri 29-Mar-13 19:13:44

I get that it is educational. I dont give dd much screen time. my CM doesnt have a tv. It isnt necessary to educate or entertain using a tablet or tv imo.

QuintEggSensuality Fri 29-Mar-13 19:15:10

Business expense? Cheeky....

I would not be happy to find that my nanny or cm let my dc sit huddled and bent over a tablet, and that I paid for the privilege. It creates a demand, and I would not want you g dc coming home to beg for one. They are not toys. If you need an app to provide "education" in the setting I would be very worried

OutragedFromLeeds Fri 29-Mar-13 19:17:07

It wouldn't be a selling point for me, but wouldn't bother me either. The DC's have them at school.

redwellybluewelly Fri 29-Mar-13 19:22:51

Can highly recommend an OtterBox to keep it safe, easy to break ipads.

We got one for our daughter aged about a year so she could begin to communicate and learn to use her hands (mildly disabled) and its been great.

I'd have no issues with one being available in her childcare setting.

perplexedpirate Fri 29-Mar-13 20:08:35

I totally don't get that. Why would you not use educational technology?
In FS1 they have to learn how to use a computer, why not a touch screen?

wednesdaygirl Fri 29-Mar-13 20:53:18

Well our school has 6 in in class and just been ofsteded and ofsted loved them
Business expence::totally locked and passworded and the only apps on it are for 9yr olds and under

The children can also take photos with it

Were moving more into tech now and ict is a big thing

Ipad 4 cost £399 and the case was £39.99

QuintEggSensuality Fri 29-Mar-13 20:57:37

How old are your charges then?

QuintEggSensuality Fri 29-Mar-13 21:02:32

If it is purely for educational purposes, why not get Rasberry Pi? Perfect for kids and very educational, your charges can sit together and learn how to code in scratch, and actually create computer games. Create rather than consume technology. Each kit is just £79.

That would impress me as a parent, not an ipad, to be honest.

OutragedFromLeeds Fri 29-Mar-13 21:11:20

For me it would seem a lot of money for something that is very, very low priority, in terms of what I'm looking for a childminder to provide.

wednesdaygirl Fri 29-Mar-13 21:14:52

Did look at other tablets but went with apple cause i know it

Wont be used everyday

Just decided to have a spend today also got a new sand/water station for the children which was £272

QuintEggSensuality Fri 29-Mar-13 21:57:53

Sand, water, Ipads, how old are your charges again?

wednesdaygirl Fri 29-Mar-13 22:18:14

Between 1 and 11 x

wednesdaygirl Fri 29-Mar-13 22:22:01

I have 17 children during the week (not all at once) i employ 2 assistants, a cleaner and a cook

MUM2BLESS Fri 29-Mar-13 22:32:19

Amazing reactions.

I would not feel right spending so much money on a gadget for childminding. It may be used for educational purposes but not by me.

HerrenaHarridan Fri 29-Mar-13 22:48:01

You lot are weird, did I misread the op? Is she dosing them with Valium?

She bought a computer for the kids to use and your problem is?

wednesdaygirl Fri 29-Mar-13 23:49:08


nokidshere Sat 30-Mar-13 00:02:10

All my minded children use my ipad (my sisters bought it for me for my birthday) more than I do. They love it.

the 2 year old is more than capable of turning it on and finding his own folder full of fantastic games and puzzles and is very pleased with himself when he collects gold stars for doing them!

The older children all use them at school and home. They use mine ot record themselves and take pics and its nearly always a social event rather than one child sitting in a corner playing on it.

Technology is here to stay and has many good qualities - its no different to any other medium that we might have had when we were young!

OutragedFromLeeds Sat 30-Mar-13 01:50:41

'The older children all use them at school and home'

That's the exact reason it would be low priority for me. The sand and water table on the other hand they don't have at school or home. Great that they can do that at the chilminders.

pictish Sat 30-Mar-13 01:54:06

Oh stop moaning you bunch of miseries.

OutragedFromLeeds Sat 30-Mar-13 01:59:16


EeyoresGloomyPlace Sat 30-Mar-13 07:47:01

What pictish said ......

MrsHeggulePoirot Sat 30-Mar-13 07:54:53

Brilliant idea! My dd loves my iPad - she has leant loads through it. One of the first things she mastered was pair style games and she is a demon when we play that now with real cards, or any of those orchard games that require you to remember where cards/ pieces have been turned over and back again. That is just one example - but there are loads with shapes, numbers, letters etc...

MrsHeggulePoirot Sat 30-Mar-13 07:55:18

And what Pictish said grin

KoalaFace Sat 30-Mar-13 08:01:47

Pictish beat me to it. grin

It's a bit of a stretch to imagine children bent over an ipad for hours just because there is one available. OP seems like she provides lots of different activities and knows what she's doing.

Pendipidy Sat 30-Mar-13 08:13:23

What kind of sand and water table costs £272! Sounds like you have money to burn and like boasting about it for some reason.

perplexedpirate Sat 30-Mar-13 08:16:32

It's her livelihood. It's called an investment. hmm

Flisspaps Sat 30-Mar-13 08:27:22

I'd think it a bonus if I had a CM for my kids with an iPad - I'm a CM and can't afford one grin

rubyflipper Sat 30-Mar-13 08:31:12

Can I be one of your mindees? [bgrin].

I'll be no trouble at all!

yellowhousewithareddoor Sat 30-Mar-13 08:39:42

Wow I don't know anyone that employs a cook. I want one!

wednesdaygirl Sat 30-Mar-13 10:49:25

Its called a sand/water station

Its a circle shape with 4 pods and lids

Going to use 2 for sand and water and 2 for topics ie pine cones, shells etc

Robust is what im after

The lids on top also double up as tables for outdoor painting

MUM2BLESS Sat 30-Mar-13 12:10:58

You lot are weird, did I misread the op? Is she dosing them with Valium?

She bought a computer for the kids to use and your problem is?

Excuse me HerrenaHarridan i find your comments rude. weird??

I have not got a problem with the item purchased. Its probably very good. We all have our own personal opinions. I personally would not spend so much on a gadget and claim it as an expense. Some may agree, some may not.

I am all for bringing the kids to antoher level but may not choose to do it using that method.

andrea29 Sat 30-Mar-13 12:12:31

I am a nanny and my MB wants the children to use the ipad/computer ocassionally. They learn from that too. I supervise them and we only let them use websites they learn from. Nothing wrong with using the ipad/computer.

MUM2BLESS Sat 30-Mar-13 12:23:31

Your riight nothing wrong with using it. If you have the money then that okay. I know some will buy items that they stuggle to pay for. I know you can claim the expence but have you got the money in the first place?

Wednesdaysgirl may be able to afford it (not being critical!! thats her personal choice*

But those of us who choose not too aren't weird.

wednesdaygirl Sat 30-Mar-13 14:29:21

I have 2 bank accounts

My work account gets all money from cm paid into it

I work out over 12 months what i earn and divide it by 52

I take that anount abd deduct wages for staff and a % for tax and also leave ££ for a rainy day

Well end of tax yr and i have over £1000 of extra money left so spent most of it yesterday on the children i look after

Many people manage money in different ways this is my way, i didnt just decide to buy a ipad i have reserched it and spoken to the head of the primary school on ways they use theres and decided it was a good investment

Anyway didnt start this thread as a arguement it was just a just saying thread

MUM2BLESS Sat 30-Mar-13 14:43:40

Wednesdaygirl please dont think I am getting at you. You seem like a lovely organised cm. You work hard so why not.

I bet you wish you did not posted this. I am not critizing you at all. All the best.

wednesdaygirl Sat 30-Mar-13 15:00:55


HSMMaCM Sat 30-Mar-13 17:10:31

wednesdaygirl - thinking of doing something similar for my mindees. ICT is part of EYFS after all. My DD was expected to be able to use technology from reception at primary school. I am certainly not planning to watch anyone hunched over it. Will have a look at raspberry pi. Sounds interesting. I will remember not to tell anyone here if I go ahead grin

wednesdaygirl Sun 31-Mar-13 13:02:31

Rasberry pi is more for children aged 12+
My brother in law made it wink so already have one or two

wednesdaygirl Sun 31-Mar-13 13:11:02

To make rasberry pi wireless you need a dongle which needs a usb port, the rasberry pi has only 2 usb ports so you will be unable to a keyboard and mouse unless you use a usb hub.

QuintEggSensuality Sun 31-Mar-13 13:52:39

Well done your brother in law! My dh is very excited about this kit, we want one for our 10 year old as we believe it to be superior than any tablet in terms of learning. Needing a USB hub is not a problem at all, I should think.

Maybe an ipad at the CM is better than one at home, as they wont badger you for just one more free game, just £1 for that app and this app etc.

wednesdaygirl Sun 31-Mar-13 17:52:27

Follow him on twitter

littlebitofthislittlebitofthat Sun 31-Mar-13 20:25:01

I bought one of my charges a magazine for £2.99 and it kept him amused for hours.

nokidshere Sun 31-Mar-13 21:14:11

LOL @ buying a magazine!

Mine have magazines, hamma beads, toys, toys and more toys, cardboard boxes, sand, water - all the usual (and some unusual) stuff and an Ipad grin

Sorry to but in ladies but my year 1 DS is delayed speech and language wise which has impacted on his reading, writing and other skills and reading this I wondered whether there were any apps you would recommend I could download for him on my iPad? Never thought to use it with him.

surfandturf Tue 02-Apr-13 16:34:36

You must be earning a fortune wednesdaygirl!!! I have 23 children at different times during the week, have 2 assistants and a cleaner and by the time I've paid my 2 assistants and the cleaner I may as well not have taken on the extra children which require me to have 2 assistants! Don't get me wrong I'm not badly off from CMing but I couldn't afford to blow almost £700 in one week! You must be raking it in!

That aside I have a cheap tablet for my own personal use and have downloaded a couple of puzzles for my EY children. They get to have a go on it maybe once a month as a treat. I agree that ICT is changing and is an important part of education but all in moderation.

Flisspaps Wed 03-Apr-13 10:03:33

23 children?!

I've only got one part timer and one ad-hoc child on my books sad I'm making less than £300 a month!

fivesacrowd Wed 03-Apr-13 18:26:07

I've got ipad and use it for checklists for outings, cleaning rotas etc. Care Insp hugely impressed that I'm "embracing technology with regards to paperwork". Dc and mindees use it very occasionally for educational games and some homework research. It's a lovely thing to have and I'm on it now. Enjoy and ignore the haters on here hoiking up there judgy pants. No doubt you work blimmin hard so deserve a treat - though maybe broadcasting on here how much you've spent wasn't your smartest move. grin

nannyof3 Fri 05-Apr-13 13:14:40

Ipad??? What ever happened to outdoor play?

perplexedpirate Fri 05-Apr-13 19:15:57

Apple bought it nannyof3.
They bought it and now nobody is allowed to both own an iPad and go outside. It's strictly an 'either/or' deal.

Jiina Sun 07-Apr-13 16:07:12

But surely there's an app for that, nannyof3? wink

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