Hi All My nursery nurse and I are really feeling the strain of the flexible offer as our contact time has increased greatly. In fact I've just worked out that the 50 minutes extra per day contact time equates to an extra 29 hours 10 mins every half term above what every other teacher in my school has! In effect, we're working an extra week every half term! This has had so many implications for us, reduced preparation time, no time for displays, no time to reflect on our practice, no time to meet as a team and plan ways forward.....we are both shattered and feel that we are not getting time to do what's important in the Early Years. I was just wondering if anyone else has felt the implications of the flexible offer as we have and what, if anything, has helped. I did read somewhere that the flexible offer was not supposed to have an effect on teachers' contact time and that there should still be alloted time available for practitioners to meet and reflect together .....hmmmmm......it's not happening! Any ideas gratefully received. Happy Summer Holidays!