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Supporting and developing practitioners

The management team at Cylch Meithryn Pentre'r Eglwys understands the importance of providing effective support and development for all practitioners in order to achieve the best outcomes for the children. Read more >

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Observing children's play to establish the progression of their basic skills

Staff at Llandogo Early Years nursery carefully monitor children's play to assess which skills are stronger and which require additional development. Read more >

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Making the most of visits and visitors to motivate children's learning

By going on trips to local sites and receiving visitors, Cae'r Ffair nursery inspires children's learning which improves their literacy and numeracy. Read more >

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Using the outdoors to increase pupils’ wellbeing

Children at Llandogo Early Years nursery benefit from an outdoor learning strategy which teaches them about the natural world and enhances their curiosity, social skills and wellbeing. Read more >

Y Bont best practice

Recognising development opportunities benefits children, parents and staff

After recognising the lack of meaningful ways to track the progress of children with a disability, Y Bont nursery worked with the local authority to develop new assessment tools. These are now being used by other settings and schools, and the nursery has seen an improvement in children’s progress. Read more >

Strong parental involvement leads to a successful start into nursery education

Borras Park Infants School Early Education has strong partnerships with parents. Parents clearly understand the setting’s aims and play an active role in developing these. Children are able to settle quickly and are prepared well for the infant school.. The levels of children’s wellbeing and their standards of achievement are high. Read more >

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Children learn best from first hand experiences

Little Acorns Day Care Nursery in Bridgend offer regular first hand experiences to their pupils. This has a very positive impact on their learning and has resulted in motivated, curious and confident children. Read more >

Using evidence to refine self-evaluation

Using evidence to refine self-evaluation

Fingers and Thumbs Day Care Centre, Bridgend, has refined its self-evaluation processes in order improve standards. The setting monitors the quality of learning both formally and informally and highlights areas for development. Read more >

     Understanding children and identifying needs

Understanding children and identifying needs

St Winefride’s Playgroup, Flintshire, makes detailed observations of the children’s learning in order to identify their needs. Practitioners keep a record of the children’s development using voice recording and film. Records are then analysed to identify individual needs and plan for their future learning. The playgroup works in partnership with parents, who are provided with the relevant resources so that learning can continue at home. Practitioners’ committed approach to recording accurate observations has enabled St Winefride’s to have a clear understanding of children’s stages of learning. The staff have noticed an increase in children’s desire to learn and a boost in their self-esteem. Read more >

Supporting children’s speech and language therapy

Supporting children’s speech and language therapy

Cylch Meithrin Glan y Môr, Ceredigion, identified a rise in the number of children coming to the nursery with delayed speech. Staff met with the management committee to come up with ways of providing additional support. Read more >