The Nursery is dedicated to its continuous professional development. Every year we set our targets on what we would like to implement into our practice or what we would like to further improve in

Development plan 2021

  1. Hygge - To develop our Hygge practice which is an extension of the curiosity approach. This is a Danish concept that encompasses a feeling of cosy contentment and well-being. We will be doing in house research and training and will attend any external training as and when possible.
  2. Forest school – To develop the nurseries forest school approach. The setting will look to build a firm foundation for this to help staff gain the understanding around the benefits of forest schools and understand the theory behind it.
  3. SEND on website – To develop the SEND section of the website to enable parents to understand more clearly what we do as a setting to support our children. Also to point parents in the right direction of where to access support.
  4. Facebook page – To further develop the Facebook page to make it more user friendly. To re-design the page so that it is clearer for new parents to see how we operate as a setting more around what we believe in and our ethos.

Development plan 2019-2020

  1. IPAD Research - To re think the nurseries ethos around iPads and introduce them with a new outlook. This will be done as a research project with parent input, statistics, current research and children’s views.
    Impact – This research went extremely well. Our own staff, other settings and parents were involved in gathering the findings for this research. The results showed that the majority of children get access to some sort of device at home. As a setting we have chosen to refrain from having iPads in the room for children use freely. Childrens ICT development is instead, developed and supported through other forms of ICT.
  2. Curiosity Approach - From January 2020 we would like to begin our accreditation with the Curiosity Approach. This approach is based on pedagogy from our most influential theorist such as Steiner, Montessori, Malagozzi. It looks at the setting been more of a home from home and not a watered down version of school as we know that the first few years of any child’s life are the most important and getting it right is key to their development. So, after lots of research, and as a setting we were already a Steiner/Montessori ethos anyway we feel this is our natural progression.
    Impact – As a setting our curiosity journey is well under way. All rooms have moved closer to this approach. Our journey is still very much ongoing and there is still more we want to do. We have been recycling materials, equipment, and furniture for all rooms. We have been hunting the charity shops for unique, exciting pieces for the children to explore. The children have reacted so well to this new way of learning. We can see children’s imaginations blossoming.
  3. Loose parts- The theory of “loose parts” first proposed by architect Simon Nicholson in the 1970's has begun to influence child-play experts. It encourages the use of items that have no real agenda such as pinecones, wooden chips, empty boxes, tin cans, stones, flowers, shells etc. The list is quite extensive. This is the use of Children playing with loose parts are using more creativity and imagination and developing more skill and competence than they would playing with most modern plastic toys. We have been introducing this into the setting slowly and removing most of our plastic toys for more open-ended resources.
    Impact – Loose parts is fully embedded as a piece of practice across the setting. All rooms have varying loose parts to offer their children many ways to explore, imagine and use them to support their own interests and learning.
  4. Environmentally friendly- We are all aware of climate change and the need to do more to protect our environment. As a setting our waste can be high as I’m sure you can imagine. In 2020 we want to make a difference and reduce our waste and carbon footprint. With the curiosity approach we will use minimal plastic toys that usually end up in landfill and use real (porcelain/stainless steel) objects usually sourced from charity shops.
    Impact – The setting has now made a lot of changes in regard to waste, PPE, plastic use and resources. The nursery has developed a policy to support the nurseries practice regarding this. This can be found in the parents section of the website under ‘policies and procedures’. We are always looking to do more, all feedback from parents is welcomed.

Development plan 2018-2019

  1. IPAD Research - To re think the nurseries ethos around iPads and introduce them with a new outlook. This will be done as a research project with parent input, statistics, current research and children’s views.
    Impact- Due to the demand of the nursery this project was not started as we felt we could not give it our full attention. We strongly believe in offering the best practice for all our children and their families so any changes to practice must be given our full attention. It has been moved on to our 2019-20 development plan.
  2. Woodwork - To introduce woodwork to our practice. A training plan for staff and risk assessments will be put in place. We will offer and stay and play session’s for parents to have a ‘play’. Then children will be slowly introduced.
    Impact- We had a great response from our parents who were thrilled that their children will have access to such great provision. It is been a slow introduction, but it is becoming more and more apart of our practice. We have seen some great products from the children too.
  3. In the moment planning - We will be slowly introducing this new form of planning and practice. It allows children to access all the settings resources in an open-ended manner. In the moment EYFS planning allows no forward planning, you are planning in the moment experiences which are an extension of a child's interest observed. Practitioners will be sensitive to teachable moments and mindful of how they can extend children's thinking.
    Impact- This has changed our setting for the better. Our primary goal to spend time with our children engaging with them and moving their learning forward without the paperwork taking over has been achieved we are ecstatic to say. For the staff the burden of paperwork and tick boxes has gone. They spend their time doing what they do best, playing! We know our children so well and have so much fun during the day moving their learning forward there and then.
  4. Staff training – the setting is dedicated to staff development. On top of all the training we currently do both mandatory and non-mandatory, we are going to put together dedicated training plans to ensure all our staff team are highly trained in their fields of expertise so we can continue to go above and beyond for our families in the service we offer.
    Impact- Each of our fabulous supervisors have designed a training plan for each of their rooms. This training is based on theory and best practice and is tailor made for each room as each room is very different with the age of the children. We also have started to use NoodleNow, an online early year dedicated training portal that covers all aspects of our job. Our staff team can access this and train on areas they feel they need to. We are still accessing all the Local Authority training also. Not a week goes by where a staff member is not been trained on something to further improve our practice.

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