Doonvale Improvement Plan

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Doonvale Nursery School Improvement Plan 2023-2024


Our Vision Our vision at Doonvale is to ensure that all our children are happy, safe and secure in a fun, stimulating and inclusive learning environment. We foster a welcoming ethos where our families are respected, supported and valued. We endeavour to work in partnership with our parents, encouraging participation and enjoyment in their child’s learning journey. Doonvale places a strong focus on outdoor play where our children engage in high quality experiences, thriving within a rich and natural setting. This vision was created in collaboration with our children, parents and staff. Our Values

Children First

Love of Learning

Nurture

Doonvale Values

Responsibility & Respect

Inclusion

Equality & Equity



What is our capacity for continuous Improvement 2023-2024 Doonvale nursery is committed to delivering high quality care and learning experiences. We have a very strong team who work collaboratively to ensure that we can provide a safe, inspirational and stimulating learning environment. We are delighted that 3 long standing members of our Doonvale team are expecting their first babies. We wish them all the very best as they take the next step into parenthood. Due to these circumstances, the nursery has had to make small adjustments to our staff teams to ensure each playroom runs to the best of its ability. In preparation for this we held our very first Recruitment Open Day in February whereby local practitioners were invited to tour the nursery and meet with the management team. This was a very positive experience as we secured a practitioner for our 3-5yr playroom. In addition, we have had to appoint 2 new seniors within the 2yr old and 3-5yr playrooms who are being mentored by the Nursery Manager. We understand that the nursery is experiencing a time of change, however we have confidence in our hard working staff and their ability to adapt. By August, we expect our teams to be fully established and settled within all playrooms. We are looking forward to the year ahead with our children in a fun, vibrant and secure place for learning and development.


Priority 1: Improvement in children and young people’s health and wellbeing. NIF Driver: Assessment of children’s progress HGIOELC: 2.5, 2.7, 3.1, 

What Outcomes Do We Want To Achieve?

How Will We Achieve This? (Intervention Strategies)

Lead Person

Start and Finish Dates

VL - Manager To promote a whole school nurturing approach to enhance the health, wellbeing, attainment and achievement for all our children.

Use of the Applying Nurture as a Whole School Approach self-evaluation framework.  

Result of staff baseline questionnaire to select one nurturing principle to take forward. Develop staff knowledge.

MV – Senior EYP LB – Senior EYP

August 2023 July 2024 Review dates: January 2024 April 2024

AG – Senior EYP

How Will We Measure Impact On Children and Young People? (Include Where Possible Current Measure and Target) Observe and audit at regular intervals how the overall culture and nurturing ethos is impacting upon children’s achievement and overall milestone attainment. Current measures show that 72% of pre-school children have achieved the milestone ‘I can persevere and complete tasks.’ Looking forward, we will work towards 80% or more of our children achieving this milestone.

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To maintain our safe, secure and calming ethos promoting the best outcomes for each individual child.

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To continue to expand the Hygge Approach across the nursery. 

Within each playroom there will be an appointed Staff Hygge Champion.

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Byre - EYP Buttery - EYP Granary - EYP

August 2023 – July 2024 Review dates: January 2024 April 2024

Evaluation of Hygge Champion action plans and monitoring of time spent in our natural outdoor environment. Current measures show that 89% of pre-school children have achieved the milestone ‘I can express my feelings appropriately.’ Going forward, we will aim for 95% of our children achieving this milestone.


Priority 2:- Improvement in attainment, particularly in Numeracy and Literacy NIF Driver: Assessment of children’s progress HGIOELC: 2.2,2.3,2.4,3.2

What Outcomes Do We Want To Achieve?

How Will We Achieve This? (Intervention Strategies)

1. Use of Educational Scotland Numeracy Professional Learning Resource Guidance Document. 

Developing staff practice.

Lead Person

August 2023 – July 2024

Monitor and appraise the children’s progress of achievement within the maths and numeracy developmental milestones.

VL – Manager

Granary - EYP

2.To maintain the use of Numicon and number frame resources. To ensure every child has the opportunity to access a high quality learning environment where they can receive the appropriate challenge and support to improve attainment in Literacy and Numeracy.

Start and Finish Dates

How Will We Measure Impact On Children and Young People? (Include Where Possible Current Measure and Target)

August 2023 – July 2024

Within the Granary Playroom there will be an appointed Maths Delegate.

3. Continue to use ECERS to assess our mathematical provision.

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All Nursery Staff

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August 2023 – July 2024

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Staff training on Blooms Taxonomy Within the Granary Playroom there will be an appointed Literacy Champion.

2. Introducing a themed mark making Area.

Evaluate children’s level of numeracy engagement by auditing resources and the environment. Action immediate improvements where possible. Take forward longer term actions in next year’s improvement plan. ****** Assess impact through parental audit feedback.

1.Reintroduction of The Three Read Approach as a Homelink.  

Current data shows that 89% of preschool children achieved 8 or more developmental milestones in maths and numeracy. Our aim is to increase this percentage to over 94%.

Granary - EYP

August 2023 – July 2024

Current data reveals that 78% of preschool children achieved 8 or more C & L developmental milestones. Our aim is to increase this percentage to over 80%.

All Granary Staff

August 2023 – July 2024

Current measures show that 67% of pre-school children have achieved the milestone ‘I can draw a recognisable person.’


3. Continue to use ECERS to assess our literacy and mark making provision.

All Nursery Staff

Looking forward, we will work towards 75% or more of our children achieving this milestone. August 2023 – July 2024

Evaluate children’s level of literacy engagement by auditing areas and the resources. Action immediate improvements where possible. Take forward longer term actions in next year’s improvement plan.


Priority 3 : Placing the Human Rights of every child and young person at the centre of education NIF Driver: Assessment of children’s progress HGIOELC: 2.3,3.3 What Outcomes Do We Want To Achieve?

How Will We Achieve This? (Intervention Strategies)

Lead Person

Start and Finish Dates

Observation of children’s learning, knowledge and sense of accomplishment as they interact with nature.

By co-creating a Children’s Secret Garden Improvement Plan Floor book.

To continue to develop the children’s understanding of taking ownership of their learning and of their environment. To developing the children’s knowledge of nature, gardening and sustainability.

Consulting with the children upon their views of the current provision and ideas about how it could be improved.

KB - EYP

Fostering the children’s sense of responsibility and ownership.

All Granary Staff

Encouraging the children to research and take responsibility for purchasing resources, designing planting, and harvesting produce.

How Will We Measure Impact On Children and Young People? (Include Where Possible Current Measure and Target)

August 2023 – July 2024

Assess the children as they grow in confidence to speak out, participate and have their voices heard. Current measures show that 78% of preschool children have achieved the milestone ‘I can talk about my learning.’ Going forward, we will aim for 85% of our children achieving this milestone.

Developing the children’s healthy eating knowledge and their skill set when cooking, gardening and recycling.

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