Standards and Quality Report Doonvale Private Nursery School
Introduction Our vision at Doonvale is to ensure that all our children are happy, safe and secure in a fun learning environment; that they feel valued and respected and each individual is encouraged to achieve their full potential. All staff were involved in determining our vision and it reflects the expectations of our parents as expressed through parental questionnaires and day to day communication. This year, however, we intend to consult on a more formal basis through annual audits with parents, staff and children to review our vision and values. Over the last few years staff in the Buttery (2-year-old room) have worked hard to develop planning which addresses the principles of Building the Ambition and focuses on the needs and interests of the individual child. This planning format has been recently adapted to suit the needs of the children in the Byre (under 2’s) and the staff are becoming more assured and adept with this new format. We have developed our own milestones for our 3-year olds and have trialled them this year. The results of this provide clear evidence of progress and we hope that a further audit of pre-school milestones in November will reinforce the positive impact of this initiative. Taking into consideration the views of staff and parents from audit carried out in June2016 we established a Healthy Eating committee to review and update nursery menus and snacks adhering to Setting the Table guidelines. Parents were very keen to express their views and we had many volunteers for the committee. In the end, we chose 3 parents- a dietician, a college lecturer on Hospitality and one of our dads who is a local chef, to join our cook and 2 other members of staff. All committee members were extremely supportive and offered invaluable advice. New menus and adaptations of old ones were decided and piloted in March. The focus for these changes was the inclusion of more vegetables (not hidden) and oily fish as well as providing a more varied selection of foodstuffs. Children’s small yogurt pots were replaced with natural yogurt and mixed fruits. Snacks were evaluated and now fully comply with NHS guidelines. These changes have proved popular with parents and children alike and some of the comments from the latest parental audit are “tells me how delicious lunch is,” “good they are encouraged to make healthy choices,” looks tasty and are a bit different.” In addition, we were fortunate enough to arrange in-house training on new guidelines issued by NHS Health Scotland, Setting the Table, for all members of staff (as well as staff from other partnership nurseries). This was led by Fiona Smith a Dietician from Crosshouse Hospital. We are confident that our new menus provide a healthy, nutritious wellbalanced diet for all our children, taking into account allergies and cultural requirements. All the staff in nursery, during appraisals, decided on an area of improvement to take forward, which resulted in a new sandpit, water play and sound wall to name a few examples. All these initiatives have provided further fun learning opportunities for the children in our care. The addition of our own Facebook page has been extremely popular with parents and has proved very successful in terms of improving the lines of communication. Parents feel more comfortable and find it easier to use this form of contact. It also allows the nursery to share on a daily basis not only information, but also allows the parents the opportunity to view their children at play. This has led to a better understanding of nursery life for our parents and fostered closer relationships between staff and parents which have had a positive impact on the nurture and wellbeing of our children. The Secret Garden continues to provide the children with daily opportunities for outdoor learning in a natural environment. This has a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of our children as they are able to spend quality time engaged in physical activity outdoors. Care is taking in planning to ensure that children’s opportunities for learning are approached holistically and individual needs are catered for. Evidence from observations and photographs show children fully engaged in a variety of purposeful play, which has led to clear improvements in children’s learning across the curriculum.
Sports Days, Christmas Concert and Graduation Ceremony continue to be highlights in the nursery calendar. Our Open Evenings in the Buttery and Granary once again proved successful, were well attended and helped reassure parents about the whole transition process and helped develop positive relationships between staff and parents. Our parental audit carried out in June highlighted how pleased parents were with their children’s progress and learning in nursery but also flagged up other areas of satisfaction such as the nurturing environment, caring staff, parental involvement and outdoor learning.
Values Children First Having fun Equality and equity Responsibility Respect Aims
NURSERY AIMS 1. We aim to encourage the progress of all our children in becoming successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors. by establishing an improvement plan based on a rigorous selfevaluation procedure, which will have a measurable impact on improving children’s progress and the work of the nursery. by ensuring our budgetary and financial decisions reflect the needs of the nursery and lead to clear improvements in children’s experiences, achievement and progress. By complying and actively engaging with all relevant statutory requirements, legislation and codes of practice. 2. We aim to ensure that all our children realise their full potential. by listening to our children and acting upon their views and interests. by consulting and working in partnership with our parents.
by employing a motivated, highly skilled, committed staff who feel valued, consulted and supported. By working collaboratively with relevant agencies and the wider community to support our children and families. 3. We aim to provide excellent learning and teaching which takes into account the needs and interests of individual children. by using a wide range of learning experiences and approaches which are firmly based on play and active learning. by matching activities and resources to the stage of development, needs and abilities of individual children. by using an appropriate range of assessment methods to evaluate by having consistently high expectations of achievement and behaviour, which are shared with staff, children and parents. by treating children, parents and staff equally, with respect and in a fair and just manner. by meeting the emotional, personal, social, physical and spiritual needs of our children. By providing staff with access to relevant CLPL courses which update skills and knowledge, keeping updated on current changes in legislation or practice. 4. We aim to ensure the nursery is very well-managed. by involving all interested parties in the development and review of clearly stated policies and guidance which reflect local and national priorities. by supporting our staff in career long professional learning (CLPL) By involving staff in the decision-making process. by ensuring all resources are managed to the benefit of all children, staff, parents and the wider community. By making sure that all staff are members or applying to become members of the protecting vulnerable groups scheme (PVG) ensuring they are suitable to work with children. 5. We aim to ensure high quality leadership throughout the nursery. by creating a positive ethos in all aspects of nursery life which is understood and shared by children, staff and parents.
by valuing staff and building the capacity for leadership at all levels. by leading and managing change strategically and effectively. by ensuring the nursery has the capacity for progress at all times. Context of the school / early years centre
Doonvale Private Nursery School is a 57 FTE establishment. The nursery opened on April 1st, 2003 and is situated on attractive farm land on the outskirts of Alloway. The nursery is based in old farm buildings, consisting of three main playrooms catering for under 2s, 2-3-year olds and 3-5-year olds. Our roll for 2016-2017 in the Granary (3-5 years) was 22 pre-school children and 34 ante pre -school There is plenty of outdoor space including two covered barns, a grassy area and access to a small orchard known as The Secret Garden. Doonvale Nursery serves mainly Alloway, Doonfoot, Prestwick and outlying villages. The nursery is non-denominational and co-educational. Alloway has a total population of 6,058 with 14% being aged 0-15 years. As of October 2016, according to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 16.2% of our children come from deciles 2, 3 and 4, 18.7% from deciles 5 and 6 and 65.1% come from deciles 8,9, and 10. Presently there are no LAC children in the nursery. Attendance as at December 2016 for the year 2016-17 stands at 91.1%. Over 90% of our children achieved 8 out of the 10 developmental milestones in Communication and Language, over 90% of our children achieved 8 out of the 10 developmental milestones in Maths and Numeracy and over 90% of our children achieved 7 out of the 10 developmental milestones in Health and Wellbeing. PIPS results for the start of 2016-2017 are Maths 57.2, Reading 56.6 and Phonics 57.9. CfE Attainment levels for 2016-2017 are 100% consolidating in Language and Maths and 93.75% consolidating in Health and Wellbeing. The nursery received a Care Inspectorate unannounced inspection on the 10th of August 2016. There were no requirements or recommendations and we received a very good grading on the two areas assessed, Quality of care and support and Quality of Management and Leadership. Please find below quotes from this inspection, “There were effective ways for children to plan their own learning, interests and personal goals demonstrating that children’s achievements and learning needs were well supported” “Overall children’s health and wellbeing were well supported. They were happy, secure and confident in the nursery and presented as enthusiastic learners” “There was a strong management commitment to staff welfare, staff development and appropriate staff deployment to sustain high quality outcomes for children”
The nursery plays an essential part in supporting the local community, as the majority of our children are from families where both parents are in employment therefore the children spend a considerable time in nursery. All staff are aware that the care and nurture of our children is of paramount importance and impacts on the quality of learning. Doonvale Nursery has a caring, dedicated and highly skilled team of professionals, consisting of 2 owners, 1 full time manager, 1 office administrator, 13 full time staff, 1-part time staff, 1part time music specialist, 1 chef and 1 housekeeper. We feel the nursery has coped very well with the changes brought about by having 3 members of staff on maternity leave and another due to leave in October 2017 as well as our music specialist having sustained accidental injuries on 2 separate occasions. We were very lucky to find a replacement to cover music during the summer term and help out with our graduation ceremony. We have every confidence in the new members of staff recruited this year
What key outcomes have we achieved? School Priority 1: Securing Children’s Progress NIF Priority: closing the attainment gap/ improvement in attainment
Links to HGIOS 4 / HGIOELC 2.3, 2.4, 3.2
All Granary staff have contributed to the development and trialling of new planning documentation for 3 - 5-year olds. This has focussed more clearly on individual needs as identified in care plans. Feedback from staff and playroom observations demonstrates an improvement in staff’s knowledge of children’s individual needs and stages of development. This has led to better continuity of progression of learning for each child as evidenced in profiles, tracking records and Floorbooks. Due to concerns over moderation we do not feel able to make a comparison between the milestones audit results for 2015/2016 and 2016/2017. The creation of developmental milestones for 3year olds has provided staff with a clearer understanding of individual children’s stage of development. This has been evidenced at planning meetings and through tracking records and profiles. This has had a most positive impact on the progress and development of all children. Feedback from care inspectorate was as follows” More focussed individual next steps in learning for children were beginning to be implemented and the systems used to evaluate children’s learning and development had been strengthened. This contributed to their feelings of being respected and included leading to confident individuals” Data from developmental milestones undertaken in both November 2016 and May 2017 shows that that all children have made considerable progress in their ante pre-school year. Data from the developmental milestones audit shows that in November 2016 30.6% of our 3-year olds had reached achievement level in all the Health and Wellbeing milestones as opposed to 84% in May 2017. In Communication and Language, the results were 19% reaching achievement level in November 2016 and 64% in May 2017. Maths and Numeracy 29% reached achievement level in November 2016 and 70% achieved in May 2017. It has also given staff a very clear indication of specific areas to be covered from the start of the new school year in August. Next Steps We will continue to assess and modify planning and tracking documentation to ensure the breadth, depth and progression of learning meets the needs of all children. After the pre-school audit of developmental milestones in November we will be able to determine the impact of having 3-year-old milestones in place; at that point, we will adapt and change milestones as needed.
School Priority 2: Securing Childrenâ€™s Progress NIF Priority: Links to HGIOS 4 / HGIOELC 1,2,3 2.2, 2.3, 3.2 Progress and Impact Kirsten, Line Manager, has worked hard to put in place new planning format for under 2s which considers the individual needs and adheres to the principles of Building the Ambition document. Staff are becoming more familiar with the new planning and are gaining in confidence in its use. All the parents (48%) who returned parental audit in June 2017 which focussed on childrenâ€™s progress and development were more than happy with their achievements in nursery. The 2-3 play room planning has now been successfully embedded and all staff are confident in meeting and supporting the needs of the individual. Again, the results of the parental audit (42% returned) evidenced all were pleased with their childrenâ€™s progress and development. The success of this initiative is very much down to the hard work, experience and perseverance of Jan McCreath, Line Manager. This new approach to planning has helped ensure that our children feel happy secure and confident in nursery and allow them to progress in their own way and at their own rate. It also allows them to build secure, consistent and responsive relationships with staff.
Next Steps Continue to develop planning format 0-2 years taking into account views of staff and parents, Continue to seek support from SAC with regard to training opportunities and sharing of good practice.
School Priority 3: Leadership and Management NIF Priority:1 and 3
Links to HGIOS 4 / HGIOELC 1.1, 1.2,
Progress and Impact The nursery undertakes a rigorous self-evaluation process on a monthly basis. All staff are involved in this process as well as a sample selection of parents. The views of staff and parents are effectively used to improve the life and work of the nursery. This process along with staff/parental audits, views sought on the nursery private Facebook page, inclusion of parents in Healthy Eating Committee, parental contributions such as baking and art activities and daily informal feedback helps create a shared understanding of nursery ethos, our strengths and improvements needed. HIGIOELC has been used in self-evaluation procedures and all staff are aware of this document. The majority of staff have successfully taken on a leadership role within the nursery. This has led to the creation of an outdoor kitchen, sand box and a music wall in the 0-2 outdoor play area. The children enjoy these new additions and are always busy and engaged outdoors. One of our staff members now brings her saxophone into nursery providing the children with further music opportunities. The creation of a sensory ceiling within the baby room is admired by children and parents alike and helps settle our little ones at sleep time. In the Buttery (2-year olds) weekly baking or cooking sessions are undertaken. This has been a popular activity and introduced the children in a practical way to early maths skills. They are also very keen to eat what they themselves have made. In the Granary one member of staff has been very pro-active in introducing The Three Read Approach and evidence of the learning and engagement is detailed in an attractive floorbook. Another member of staff undertook simple Spanish lessons with the children and they can all answer in Spanish at Good Morning time, count and sing a few Spanish songs which were included in our Graduation Ceremony. These improvements have been showcased to our parents through our private Facebook account. The feedback from parents has been extremely positive and encouraging and has impacted positively on the confidence and self-assurance of our staff. The care inspectorate comments were “management and staff are committed to reflecting on and improving the service for children and families”
Next Steps Continue to undertake rigorous self-evaluation process, encouraging more parents to be involved. Children to be given more opportunities to be involved in the self-evaluation process. Staff to gain an understanding of the new Care Standards through in – house training built into the selfevaluation process. Staff to gain a deeper understanding of HGIOELC through use of document in self-evaluation procedures and opportunities to attend any training courses. Steps into Leadership - during appraisals individual staff will have the opportunity to discuss and decide upon an area of improvement to be taken forward. Nursery Improvement Plan and details of progress, photos and comments to be displayed on notice board as well as highlighted on Facebook page.
School Priority 4: NIF Priority:3
Wellbeing Nursery Menus Links to HGIOS 4 / HGIOELC 2.7, 3.1
Progress and Impact Taking into consideration the views of staff and parents from audit carried out in June 2016 we established a Healthy Eating committee to review and update nursery menus and snacks adhering to Setting the Table guidelines. Parents were very keen to express their views and we had many volunteers for the committee. In the end, we chose 3 parents- a dietician, a college lecturer on Hospitality and one of our dads who is a local chef, to join our cook and 2 other members of staff. All committee members were extremely supportive and offered invaluable advice. New menus and adaptations of old ones were decided and piloted in March. These have proved popular with parents and children alike and some of the comments from the latest parental audit are “tells me how delicious lunch is,” “good they are encouraged to make healthy choices,” looks tasty and are a bit different.” In addition, we were fortunate enough to arrange in-house training on new guidelines issued by NHS Health Scotland, Setting the Table, for all members of staff (as well as staff from other partnership nurseries). This was led by Fiona Smith a Dietician from Crosshouse Hospital. We are confident that our new menus provide a healthy, nutritious well-balanced diet for all our children, taking into account allergies and cultural requirements.
Next Steps Continue to monitor healthy eating within nursery and encourage parents to suggest recipe ideas and participation in cooking and baking activities. It has been suggested by a parent that we include one of our recipes on a regular basis on our Facebook page.
Evaluation Summary Quality Indicator
School Self Evaluation
1.3 Leadership of change We have an agreed vision for our nursery which reflects the needs and values of our children and parents/carers. Through effective leadership at all levels we consistently achieve high standards. All our staff are committed to providing the best possible care and learning for our children. Our in-depth knowledge of our children and families and our ability to work closely with them ensures the best possible outcomes for our children. Staff continually reflect and evaluate on their practice and this supports continuous improvement. We are actively promoting leadership skills in all our staff and remain confident in the abilities of our senior staff to guide and manage change effectively. We know very well the expectations of our parents and ensure that our innovations take into account their views and meet the needs of all of our children. Care Inspectorate commented that â€œstaff are developing confidence in leading change and improvements within the playroomsâ€? Priorities for improvement are determined through effective use of self-evaluation, parental audits, assessment data and ongoing observations by staff, parents and children. All staff have a clear understanding of our Improvement Plan and any proposed changes. They are actively involved in determining and carrying out these changes and their views are sought on a regular basis. Parents too are made aware of any proposed changes and initiatives and the reasoning behind them. As and when appropriate they are invited to actively participate in improvements. e.g. Menu Committee. We use a variety of strategies e.g. staff and parental audits, playroom discussions, Facebook comments to monitor and evaluate the impact of improvements made and inform further changes. At Doonvale we are continually striving to improve our practice and feel that through regular consultations with children, parents and staff we are doing our best to provide all our children with the best possible start in life. 2.3 Learning and teaching
All our children feel valued safe and secure. Positive relationships between children, staff and parents are evident throughout the nursery and result in confident responsible
children who actively engage in a wide variety of learning experiences both indoors and out. Children are involved in many of the decision- making processes, take ownership of their learning and are highly motivated and engaged. This is well evidenced during playroom observations and well documented in our Floorbooks. Care Inspectorate comment “There were effective ways for children to plan their own learning interests” Parental comment” my child loves the Secret Garden the things he learns from this are invaluable” All staff have a good, sound understanding of child development and up to date pedagogical practice. Staff have developed warm, responsive relationships with children and use praise effectively. They listen to the children and take account of their views. We know our children very well and this has a very positive impact on the care we provide and the progress and achievements of our children. Staff make very good use of observations and interactions individually and as a team to make judgements about children’s progress and inform future learning. We do, however, feel that staff would benefit from further training in assessment and moderation techniques. Staff are continually developing their questioning techniques in order to promote curiosity and enquiry and higher order thinking. A display and other techniques to highlight Bloom’s Taxonomy are in place, all Granary staff are aware of the importance of this and it is an integral part of our 3 Read Approach. Although the 3 Read Approach is still a relatively new initiative we are already beginning to see the benefits – our children are very engaged in the whole process, are becoming more confident at asking and answering higher order questions and are keen to re-tell and invent stories. Staff actively encourage and involve parents in children’s learning and next steps. Information from care plans is used in planning to ensure individual needs are met. We plan appropriately over a variety of timescales to meet the needs of our children. We use planning sessions to reflect on previous learning and link it to assessment observations and developmental milestones. Children are fully involved in the planning process. This can be seen through mind mapping, plods and children’s questions found in Floorbooks. Use of these different approaches, our sound knowledge of the children in our care and our strong partnership with parents has led to pleasing and significant improvements to the learning and developmental
outcomes of our children. 3.1 Ensuring wellbeing, equity and inclusion
At Doonvale there is a very strong sense of family where everyone has a shared understanding of the nursery’s values and expectations. We are proactive in promoting positive behaviour through positive, caring relationships. We recognise that the promotion of wellbeing for all our children is paramount to their overall development. Staff have a very good understanding of the Girfec approach which is embedded in the day to day running of the nursery and realise that each child has individual needs and rights. Staff are aware of the new Health and Social Care Standards published by the Scottish Government in June 2017. In-house training on this will be included in our calendar for 2017 – 2018. All our children have ample opportunities for outdoor learning and we easily meet the government’s targets for time spent in active outdoor play. We are involved in the Childsmile Toothbrushing Programme, designed to improve the oral health of children in Scotland. Every child has access to supervised tooth brushing daily. We offer 600 hours of free education and childcare which is free at the point of delivery and flexible to the needs of our parents. All staff are members of the PVG scheme and are also registered with the SSSC. Through the SSSC staff can access “Steps into Leadership” learning pathways, providing training tools and resources to raise standards of practice and strengthen and support staffs’ personal development. We also have our own “Steps into Leadership” programme in place for all members of staff. Training courses are also provided throughout the year by SAC. To support recruitment of new staff, management use good practice guidance “Safer Recruitment Through Better Recruitment” to examine the skills, experience, and qualifications of potential staff who will be working with our children. We actively promote inclusion and equity and plan appropriate activities to encourage the participation of all children in all learning opportunities. We identify and access appropriate support for children facing barriers to their learning and work closely with the appropriate agencies. We value diversity and encourage our children to show consideration and empathy for others.
3.2 Securing children’s progress.
The majority of our children are making very good progress in the development of their emotional, social, physical and cognitive skills. Where there are barriers to learning we take every step to provide the necessary support and at present are working very closely with an occupational therapist, educational psychologist and staff from the language unit at Kincaidston to meet the needs of one of our children. Staff have a good knowledge of the development of early language skills and provide the environment and opportunities to encourage communication at all levels. Most of our pre-school children can speak confidently and clearly in small group situations and many can speak out in larger groups. All our preschool children successfully took part in our Graduation Ceremony and Concert, singing, role playing and speaking out on stage in front of a large audience. Results from audit on developmental milestones, see previous information, provides clear evidence of children’s progress and playroom observations both indoors and out show happy, motivated children who are keen to learn. We have high expectations of standards of behaviour and achievement which are shared with both parents and children. We know our children and families very well (many have been with us since babies) and this knowledge and the close relationship with parents which has been cemented over the years help greatly with our understanding of each child’s needs. We have very clear transition procedures in place throughout the nursery and on starting school, which ensures continuity of learning and helps build self-esteem and a motivation to learn. We recognise and celebrate our children’s achievements outside nursery, use praise effectively, listen to our children and encourage them to contribute positively to the life of the nursery. The majority of our children are confident, motivated learners who are able to exercise responsibility and make decisions. Parents always respond very positively when asked for their views, are obviously happy with the care and learning we provide, feel included with their opinions sought and listened to and are keen to participate in a variety of nursery events. They feel their views and opinions are valued and enjoy being part of the Doonvale family. Comments from parental audit June 2017 are as follows; “a very happy Doonvale mummy” “we are delighted with the level of care our daughter receives” “Doonvale gives the children a wonderful start to their
We take into account the differing needs of our children and staff work hard to create an environment that supports diversity and promotes equity. The nursery has a supportive and inclusive ethos based on mutual respect and trust. All staff are role models for positive behaviours and attitudes. They create a sense of belonging for children and their families.
What are the key priorities for improvement in 2017/18 ?
Our 4 main areas for improvement next year will be 1. The implementation, review and modification of new planning and tracking procedures throughout nursery as a whole in order to improve attainment in health and wellbeing, numeracy and literacy. 2. The assessment and improvement of language and literacy skills throughout the nursery. 3. The development of leadership skills for all staff members. 4. The provision of opportunities for children to learn about the world of work.
What is the capacity for improvement? We have 2 members of staff currently on maternity leave. We also have 2 members of staff who have decided not to return after maternity leave. Therefore, we have recently recruited 2 new fulltime members of staff and also given existing staff the opportunity to experience life in a different playroom. Three members of staff have taken us up on this opportunity. These changes were made during the summer and we feel ready and confident to move forward with our new
playroom teams in place. Our Line Manager in the Granary is due to start her degree in Childhood Practice in September. We remain very positive that we can continue to provide a high standard of childcare and we are determined and confident that we can build upon this and achieve further improvements.