Effective practice search

Teacher working on pupils' creative skills

Encouraging creative and physical skills in children

Practitioners at Aberporth Bilingual Playgroup provide fun, stimulating activities that build upon children’s interests and questions. A performance area was introduced to develop children’s language and confidence when talking to others or when singing and using musical instruments. The creative area also provides practitioners with a greater insight into the development and progress of the children’s fine motor skills. They use exciting games to develop specific physical skills like spatial awareness and adjusting speed and direction. Read more >

Teacher using puppets with students

Using puppets to promote children’s emotional understanding

Staff at Cylch Meithrin Hermon use puppets to help children understand their emotions. The puppets allow the children to develop their personal and social skills by thinking about how their actions affect the feelings of the other children. Using puppets has helped create a warm and welcoming family ethos. Nearly all children are becoming aware of different feelings and emotions. Children’s behaviour is managed in a positive and constructive way. Read more >

Teacher teaching welsh to class

Developing Welsh language skills for early years learning

Practitioners at Aberporth Bilingual Playgroup use routine activities to introduce Welsh language and phrases. This helps children develop their understanding and responses progressively. Practitioners use Welsh language songs and read stories to the children in Welsh. The staff are good language models and develop the children’s understanding of Welsh exceptionally well. Most children make excellent progress in understanding and using the Welsh language on a daily basis. Read more >

Teacher training

Improving professional development

Leaders at Little Stars Day Nursery use a skills matrix to identify individual and group training needs. This ensures a consistent approach across the nursery. New members of the team develop quickly and all practitioners strive to improve the performance of others. Staff are highly motivated to improve their skills which has a very positive impact on children’s outcomes. Staff are confident that their voice is heard, and this helps them feel valued and respected. Read more >

children

Thorough planning and clearly defined roles improve quality

Meithrinfa Seren Fach has a strong focus on continuous improvement. It evaluates and improves quality through well-structured staffing and clear objectives. Managers and practitioners focus on developing their skills and knowledge. The nursery also value the contributions of their stakeholders to help them continually develop. Read more >

activities

Highly effective planning and monitoring

Well-planned indoor and outdoor activities are used to improve pupils’ core skills at Martine’s Childcare nursery. Teachers record pupil progression on hand-held devices instantaneously identifying opportunities for developing children’s skills. Literacy and numeracy skills are developed through interesting problem solving activities and fun themed tasks. Read more >

children eating

Transforming lunchtime helps improve children’s behaviour and self-esteem

Bellevue Nursery has dramatically improved lunchtimes from being a mess to a success! By introducing crockery, cutlery, vases for flowers and much more, children learnt how to treat these resources carefully, the value of respect and reinforce responsibilities. Encouraging children to develop their conversational and social skills has resulted in happy, confident and independent children. Read more >

child and woman

Developing children’s social and emotional skills through community links

Children at Banana Moon Day Nursery regularly visit a local residential care home which benefits both parties. The children are able to develop their social and emotional skills and residents eagerly interact with them. Read more >

boy and girl

Embracing children’s interests to inspire mathematical development

Practitioners at Cylch Meithrin Cefneithin Gorslas have created an engaging learning environment for mathematical development by providing art and technology-based activities themed around children’s interests. Read more >

An inspiring learning environment for delivering Foundation Phase education

At Poppies Day Nursery, the inspiring indoor and outdoor learning environments provide exciting opportunities for children to develop important skills. Read more >

Pages