Hi everyone - hope you are all settling back into the new term! I have a new TA this year - new to Early Years - she has been at the school for 9 years but with the older ones. She is lovely but her natural manner is aprupt and she comes across as very harsh with the children. For example, yesterday, the first day, and we had a child who is just 3, and was a bit bewildered by life, and she would say things like '...doesn't know what he is doing' or 'well, you've bumped your head now' to the child, in quite a harsh tone, which upset him. She doesn't mean to be nasty, and the way she talks to the children when she is playing with them is great, she asks lots of questions and does all the things we would hope for. I have tried explaining that they are still babies really, some of them, but she doesn't really get it. The other thing she did today that drove me potty was to say, in front of parents, 'ooh, we need to put water in this sand'. I explained that I had chosen seives and funnels etc for dry sand and she said 'but it's no good for sandcastles'. I know that doesn't sound terrible, but I felt like screaming - I do things for a particular reason - Don't question my judgement!!!Again, it is not intentional, just her way. We are going to have a 'welcome to Early Years' meeting to talk about what we do and how, and we are hoping to subtly talk about the way we talk to the children and I was just wondering if anyone had any advice on how to tackle this in a nice way, or where to look for info that we could perhaps give her, without looking like we are being critical. Past experience of her tells me that it is not going to be a case of 'well maybe she'll get better when she finds her feet' - she is like that with everyone!