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School Reports

Ofsted Report

The last Ofsted inspection was carried out on 16th November 2016. Please use the link below to download a copy of the report.

Download 2016 Ofsted Report


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EYFS

EYFS Overview

Here at Little Learners Nursery Centre we provide a safe environment in which children can experiment, explore and progress in their own creative ways.

 

Intent

The intent of our EYFS curriculum is to ensure our children develop the necessary skills, knowledge and attitude to achieve fulfilling lives. The EYFS is the start of our children’s nursery journey towards achieving this goal.

We teach to the Development Matters and EYFS Framework. We use EYLog online learning journals to track the children’s learning progress. We use these to collect data from nursery and home to check the children’s learning development each term.

 

Implementation 

We aim to achieve our curriculum intent by providing high quality teaching and learning in a language rich environment. We value, respect and care for all our children here at Little Learners Nursery Centre. Each child is unique and brings an irreplaceable value to our setting. We provide learning opportunities based upon their interests, accessible to them and links to the world around them which they know and understand.

 

The principles that guide the work in the EYFS are grouped into four themes :

A unique child

 

Positive relationships

 

Enabling environments

 

Learning and development

 

The EYFS consists of seven areas of learning and development; three core areas and four specific areas;

 

Core Areas

Personal, social and emotional development

 

Communication and language

 

Physical development

 

Specific Areas

Mathematics

 

Literacy

 

Understanding the world

 

Expressive arts and design

 

We provide a wide range of activities and experiences across the EYFS. Investigating and curiosity is developed through our “understanding the world” opportunities. Social, moral, spiritual and cultural development, including British Values is incorporated into our setting both through “understanding the world” and “PSED”. We learn about different cultures and places in the world many times throughout the year including Chinese New Year, Christmas, St Patrick’s Day, Diwali celebrations. We find where our families and relations live on world maps and work out where we live too. We have a variety of multicultural resources. This enhances the children’s understanding of where objects and patterns come from, especially tailored to our current cohort of children.

 

We use a combination of children’s interests and curiosities to develop our activities. This ensures the experiences here at Little Learners Nursery Centre are broad, diverse, balanced and stimulating for the children in our care.

 

During independent learning, we are able to encompass new ideas and thoughts there and then, in the moment. In the moment planning allows staff to grasp moments and use them to their advantage. Having continuous provision in our environments allows both staff and children to have resources they need at their fingertips. Pre-planned activities which link to a theme are opportunities given in addition to continuous provision for those children unsure of where their curiosity will take them next. In the moment planning allows staff to pick up on a child’s next steps there and then, providing a rich and communication-based learning environment which ensures progression. Each child is unique, and their targets and next steps will therefore reflect on the child’s stage of development.

 

 Observations

Our staff judge when to jump in and when to observe from a distance. We use a combination of commentary and effective questioning to find information that the children know and ask them about it. This gives the staff the opportunities to assess a child’s understanding in context and making links to other developmental areas. The children experience free flow from indoors to outdoors each day. During this time, they have access to all areas of the EYFS indoors as well as outdoors.

 

We track children who are consistently receiving less observations and specifically target new activities designed for them to progress and be observed doing so. This allows children to develop in a variety of different areas through activities they feel comfortable doing.

 

At Little Learners Nursery entre we have a SENCO which is the person who will work in partnership with parents, key workers and a range of other outside agencies to enable children with additional needs to make progress.

 

 Impact 

We aim to give each child at least one individual observation each week on EYLog and use this to target next week’s activities. We also track which areas of the curriculum that have the latest observations linked to them and increase the adult led input surrounding these areas to allow full and deep coverage of all the areas of development.

 

Through EYLog, we are able to find gaps in the children’s learning and provide 1:1 or small group opportunities to enhance these areas.

 

Our next steps are usually done in the moment. When an adult is interacting with a child during independent learning, they talk to the child using effective language and modelling to identify what that child knows and then  identify an area for development.

 

Parents

We do promote parents to be involved in their children’s learning as much as possible and parents are encouraged to put observations up from home onto their child’s online learning journal.

 

These are an excellent communication tool between home and nursery where we can support the children holistically and parents can communicate with the key worker and vice versa via the messaging function on the app.

 

We can track parental usage of the app and follow up any parents that are not regularly accessing their child’s learning journey.

 

Behaviour Management

Our behaviour management approach is based on a positive reinforcement strategy. Children are rewarded for their kind and helpful efforts; having a go and trying hard, trying something new, persevering, being kind to their friends etc.

 

We encourage conflict resolution to deal with disagreements between the older children where;

 

 the adult will place themselves between the children at their level, using a calm voice and gentle touch and remain neutral without taking sides

 

the adult will acknowledge the children’s feelings, for example, “you look really upset!”

 

the adult will let the children know that they will hold any objects into account

 

the adult will gather the information by asking something like “ what is the problem?”

 

the adult may need to restate the problem by saying “so the problem is?”

 

the adult may then ask for ideas to the solution and choose one together “what can we do to solve the problem? And encourage the child to think of the answer

 

the adult will then need to be prepared to give follow up support by issuing praise as they solved the problem and stay close to the children.

 

Phonics

We follow the phase one Letters and Sounds guidance and jolly phonics actions and songs. We participate in Every Child a Talker scheme following training received from our local authority. This encourages an increase in development in children’s communication and language. We can track our children (possibly funded two year olds or EYPP children) to see who may be at risk of a lack of vocabulary or cultural capital. We will offer these children extra support with extra group times or 1:1 activities.

 

Maths

We believe maths in the EYFS should be everywhere and always accessible both indoors and outdoors. The children learn that maths is all around them, size, shapes, patterns, numbers, time, turn taking, body parts, meal and snack times, table setting and stories and songs.

 

 This is an insight of how we include the three I’s (intent, Implement and Impact) into our setting. I hope you have found this helpful. 

 

Our Online System 

We use an online system called the EYLog. This intelligent, innovative and integrated system helps manage our setting by reducing paperwork, time and operating costs while increasing quality, efficiency and 360° engagement with parents.

The system records observations with photo/audio/video evidence, assessments and next steps feeding to progress trackers and planning sheets linking it to not only the EYFS but to many other assessment frameworks such as CoEL, Lueven Scales for Well-being and Involvement, ECaT, Montessori, British Values, Schemas, Phonics, EYDJ, CfE and Foundation Phase. We also use it to share daily diaries (meals, sleep times, nappies, milk intakes, notes, etc.) and accident/incident details with parents online.

This is all accessed through an easy to use app which is pin protected for extra security keeping parents informed and involved through the smart app which parents can also use to leave comments, add home observations and daily diaries and e-mail messages. 

 

 

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