The Nursery day begins at 9am and ends at 3pm. We access the school hall for meals at lunchtime where children are given the option of having a school dinner or a packed lunch. This day can be extended by 15 or 30 minutes in the morning and the same at 3pm. Breakfast and After-school Club can also be accessed.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage and use an App on Ipods to observe and track the children's progress, this is called Tapestry. This is used alongside daily observations, incorporating a well being and involvement scale assessment. We also observe for characteristics of effective teaching and learning to assess how each child learns, when they are engaged, motivated and using creative, critical thought.
We actively promote our open door policy to encourage parents and carers to come into the setting, unannounced, and be part of their children's learning and development here at Ollie's.
We run stay and play mornings and also hold an open evenings every year, in line with school.
The monthly newsletter and daily activities whiteboard all provide information for parents about their day, what they have eaten and enjoyed. However, we do promote face to face interaction with our parents and carers. We have introduced a termly spider diagram to gather information each term from parents and carers about the child's current interests, what they are struggling with and any areas that they would like us to promote at Ollie's. These are used to plan for individual needs and interests. An example of this being; a child may be interested in diggers and trucks and they may also struggle to count, by ensuring we have diggers available for them to play with, a practitioner can then introduce an activity, for example, to count the number of digger scoops it takes to fill a bucket with stones. This way the child is more likely to take part and engage within the activity whilst enjoying themselves through an area of their interest.
Is "in the moment". This enables the practitioner to work with your child there and then, whilst they are playing with them. The practitioner uses the opportunity to enhance, challenge and next step their learning as they play, and therefore not missing or postponing opportunities. If the children are more actively involved and interested, their learning is much more beneficial.
Practitioners also have "focus" areas for their key children which is highlighted as an area of development from the child's tracker.
In addition, prior to the end of each session, our children engage in a group time activity, led by a practitioner, planned based on childrens ability. The grouptimes are themed weekly, based on an area and aspect of the "Early Years Foundation Stage" curricumlum.
Home-link ideas are provided and key-persons ask for feedback and photos of any progress made within these.
Key persons all have their own professional email account whereby parents and carers can email photos and home-link information to them, or upload them to Tapestry.
Baseline assessments are completed for all children within their first half term of attendance, these are shared with parents and carers to gain their input and views. This is based upon the prime areas for 2 year old and the prime and specific areas for 3 years and over. (see the attached booklet for further Early Years Foundation Stage info) From this collaborative assessment, planning can be completed to suit the child's individual development. Development reports are produced by key-persons and shared with parents at October and June half terms. A formal parents evening is held in February, providing further opportunity to discuss development and focus. Transition reports are produced ready for school or if a child moves settings. With parental consent, we send development reports to the child's key-person of other settings attended and share information about the child's development via communication diaries and emails.
Progress is monitored by the management each half term and cohort tracking is overseen and shared with the team and key-persons each half term through supervisions and team meetings to ensure that children are progressing and the teams individual strengths are being utilised for better outcomes for all children and families.
Nursery Welcome Booklet
Ideas for packed lunches
How to keep packed lunches fresh
Snack menu with allergens listed
Healthy snack ideas
Allergens - All staff have had allergen training and are trained to use an EpiPen in the case of a severe anaphylaxic reaction.