Early Years Quality Award
We achieved our Early Years Step Into Quality Award in 2014 by demonstrating how wonderful our Nursery and Reception provision is. We are now working towards the full Quality Award which we aim to complete in 2016.
Currently we operate a 52 place Nursery for 3 and 4 year olds and have 45 places for our Reception children, growing to 75 in September 2016!
Step into Quality is an access route into the Lancashire Quality Award which we are now undertaking. It provided us with an opportunity to spend time looking at what we did everyday and consider which parts worked well and which could be improved upon.
- Environment – the quality of experiences available to children both indoors and outdoors, to support their learning and development
- Interactions – how adults sensitively support children’s emotional well being, are involved in children’s play and learning and extend children’s thinking
- Routines – how daily routines meet the needs of individual children and promote learning and development e.g. welcomes and farewells, snack and meal times, sleeping arrangements, nappy changing and toileting arrangements, registration, assembly and ‘play-times’
- Keyperson – secure attachments are vital to children’s emotional well being. How supportive is the keyperson system and the close liaison with families in order to meet children’s individual needs?
- Parents – relationships with parents from the very first contact until their child leaves the setting, including sharing of information and involving parents in their child’s learning and development
- Leadership and Management – the leadership style of the manager and their effectiveness in creating and supporting a motivated, skilled and cohesive team
- Transitions – sensitive approaches towards transitions in their broadest context e.g. home to setting, room to room, nursery to school, reception to year one
- Learning and Development – observing children playing and being engaged in the process of learning, reflecting, interpreting, gathering and using information to plan appropriately to meet individual children’s needs