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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 >

Celebrating strengths to improve development

Celebrating strengths to improve development

Tiny Beginnings Day Nursery in Monmouthshire has designed a system to identify priorities for children’s learning, set development targets and track their progression. They also work closely with parents and children so that they know their strengths. Read more >

Going green raises environmental awareness at nursery

Going green raises environmental awareness at nursery

Puddleducks nursery, Monmouthshire, has set up an eco-committee including children, staff and parents to raise awareness about environmental issues. Children help to make the nursery more eco-friendly and have developed a greater understanding of their impact on the world around them. Read more >

Developing Welsh skills through an imaginative learning environment

Developing Welsh skills through an imaginative learning environment

Working hard to provide varied learning opportunities for children is at the heart of Ysgol Feithrin Pont-y-Pŵl, Torfaen. Staff encourage the children to initiate their own learning and provide them with the resources to aid development. Read more >

Putting wellbeing first

Putting wellbeing first

Little Scholars Nursery, Wrexham, has developed a strategy to promote children’s wellbeing. The nursery focusses on staff interaction, providing challenging experiences and positively encouraging children’s voice. The strategy is effective - children feel valued, have higher levels of confidence and increased independence. Read more >