Parents’ Information

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

At our nursery, we follow the EYFS. This is a statutory framework that sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that the children in their care learn and develop well, stay safe and are kept healthy.

The EYFS promotes partnership working between practitioners and families to ensure the best start possible for children. It seeks to make sure that every child makes good progress and has the opportunity to gain a secure foundation through learning and development opportunities. These opportunities and experiences must take into account individual children’s needs and interests.

A new booklet called What to expect when has been produced to provide information to parents about their child’s learning and development.

The purpose of this booklet is to help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS. Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time. This booklet has been written to help you as a parent know what to expect during these vitally important years by focusing on the seven areas of learning and development which are covered in the EYFS.

To find out more information click the link below:

http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/2015/06/what-to-expect-when-a-parents-guide-2/

http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2015/01/EYFS_Parents_Guide-amended1.pdf

Uniform and Clothing

Our school uniform is not compulsory but it has been chosen to facilitate your child’s independence – simple pull off/on garments with no tricky fastenings. It is simply:

A red sweatshirt with our school logo embroidered on the chest

This can be ordered using a school order form available from the office. We also suggest parents buy a polo shirt to go underneath and black/grey jogging bottoms. You can also buy plain red sweatshirts from many high street stores and supermarkets.

Should you choose for your child not to wear school uniform, then we ask that you do choose clothing which will enable your child to be as independent as possible. Your child will need to remove items to go to the toilet so they need trousers and underwear that they can get up and down easily – belts and buckles and dungarees are awfully difficult, especially if you’re ‘desperate’!  They will need to put on their own coat and sometimes change their shoes or put on waterproofs, so please make it easier for your child by having shoes with fastenings they can do by themselves, eg, Velcro and easy coat fastenings too. We will always support a child who needs help with these things but their independence, in preparation for school, is our aim.

We also ask that you clearly label any clothing your child is likely to take off – coats, jumpers, cardigans, etc.

Attendance

All of the staff at Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School do their best to ensure your child is ‘school ready’. We can do this more effectively if your child has good attendance at nursery.

There is a strong link between attendance and educational attainment. Research has concluded that children have little chance of catching up to their peers if their attendance is poor. This doesn’t just impact on a child’s early years’ education but later on in their school careers they are likely to get further behind. This could result in future disengagement in school as they get older, including truancy, exclusions and, of course, fewer and lower educational qualifications.

It is therefore crucial that we all get it right from the start! The government aims for all children to have at least 96% attendance, which equates to just eight days off per year. So please endeavour to get your child in nursery every day – and we can cope with minor coughs and colds! That way, we have the best chance of enabling your child to reach their full potential.

Summer Term 2017 – Parent Questionnaire Analysis and Response (Leavers)

Thank you to the 26 parents who completed and returned the questionnaire. Please have a read through. I have responded in italics to any comments that needed to be addressed and we will look at any actions we need to put into place in the near future. Jane Wilkie (Headteacher)

Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly

disagree

Don’t know
1 My child is happy at Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School 26

100%

2 I think that my child feels safe at Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School 25

96%

1

4%

3 My child is making good progress at Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School 24

92%

2

8%

4 My child is being ‘taught’ well at Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School 24

92%

2

8%

5 My child is well looked after at Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School 26

100%

6 My child is enjoying taking home the library books 19

73%

6

23%

1

4%

7 I think that the children at Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School are well behaved 21

81%

4

15%

1

4%

8 Staff work effectively with the children to resolve conflicts 25

96%

1

4%

9 The school is led and managed well

 

25

96%

1

4%

10 The school responds well to any concerns I raise 23

88%

2

8%

1

4%

11 I feel informed about my child’s progress

 

23

88%

3

12%

12 I would recommend this school to another parent 26

100%

 

 

13 As a parent what do you like best so far at Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School?
·         The support for child and family, caring for all like a family

·         Understanding and care

·         Wonderful facilities

·         Regular updates and feedback

·         Helpful staff, friendly and positive

·         Parents comfortable to talk to staff

·         The warm way the children are greeted everyday by name

·         Child learning so many different things

·         Sandy Lane is a paradise

·         Forest school and outdoor area

·         Playing outside in all sorts of weather

·         Learning programmes on top of the normal curriculum and additional support

·         Lunch club

·         Child always happy to attend

·         Child’s progress – socially emotionally and academically

·         Well-resourced and stimulating – real sense of awe and wonder

·         Learning about growing flowers and baking

·         Staff’s understanding of each child’s individual needs and working towards the child’s optimum level of understanding and attainment

·         Target setting and personal plans

·         Staff open to ideas from children and go above and beyond to follow the child’s lead and child initiated ideas – opportunities never missed

·         Inclusion – the way mainstream and special needs children mix together

·         Any concerns or issues are always dealt with

·         Children leave more than ready for going to big school

·         Child is in safe hands

·         Parents always feel welcomed

 

14 What would you change?
Changing books they bring home to 2 or 3 times a week

We will remind parents that they are free to change books daily as well as the weekly session we have with children

Go on more trips

We are working on our planning to include more educational visits using our minibus

More home learning activities

We are hoping to add links onto our website for parents who want ideas for other activities they can do with their child at home

Earlier access to photos/pictures in portfolios

We are looking at different ways to give parents earlier access to photos, including on-line packages in the form of e-portfolios

Increase the number of visitors coming in to do activities with the children

Again, we will look for opportunities within our planning to increase opportunities for educational visitors to work with the children in school to extend their interests and introduce new ones

15 Any other comments?
·         Staying an extra year

·         Can I volunteer?

·         I am happy that my child has had this nursery as their first educational experience

·         Keep up the good work

·         Loved coming here and sad it’s over

·         Love the school in every way and will highly recommend to all the people I know

·         My child is happy and confident and all because of your amazing work

·         An inspiring journey, providing a solid foundation

·         Sandy Lane feels like home from home

·         My child’s eyes and face lights up when he is at Sandy Lane

·         Amazing people who work at Sandy Lane which makes it so special

 

 

Autumn Term 2016 – Parent Questionnaire Analysis and Response

Thank you to the 42 parents who completed and returned the questionnaire. Please have a read through. I have responded in blue to any comments that needed to be addressed and we will look at any actions we need to put into place in the near future. Jane Wilkie (Headteacher), December 2016

Strongly agree Agree Disagree Stronglydisagree Don’t know
1 My child is happy at Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School

40

2

2 I think that my child feels safe at Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School

38

4

3 My child is making good progress at Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School

39

3

4 My child is being ‘taught’ well at Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School

39

3

5 My child is well looked after at Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School

40

2

6 My child is enjoying taking home the library books

39

3

7 I think that the children at Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School are well behaved

32

9

1

8 Staff work effectively with the children to resolve conflicts

39

3

9 The school is led and managed well

40

2

10 The school responds well to any concerns I raise

39

3

11 I feel informed about my child’s progress

39

3

12 I would recommend this school to another parent

40

2

 

13 As a parent, what do you like best so far at Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School?
a)    Well-trained staffb)    That the nursery has proper teachers

c)    Learning to sign and ‘Sing and Sign’

d)    My child’s developing confidence

e)    My child making friends

f)    My child’s portfolio, seeing my child’s progress and the activities s/he is doing

g)    My child’s progress in English

h)    The Tizzy group (speech and language group)

i)     The spacious grounds and lovely environment

j)     The staff – friendly, helpful, approachable, caring and welcoming

k)    The way my child has settled, feels safe and is well looked after

l)     The way the staff work with the children encourage them to be independent

m)   Learning to play nicely and to tidy up

n)    Communications and kept informed, regular updates about my child’s progress

o)    The way staff nurture and challenge and cater for all children’s needs

p)    The books the children bring home

q)    The way my child’s speech has improved, enabling to interact better

r)     The way staff welcome children and parents into nursery

s)     If I have anything to ask the staff, they are willing to help and assist

t)     Sandy Lane is the full package and truly the best; the nursery offers everything and much more; truly       overwhelmed with how outstanding the nursery is

u)    The different activities and how they help to develop my child’s knowledge and imagination

v)     My child is thriving and learning so fast

w)    The routine

x)    Regular invitations to: Stay and Play, Workshops

y)    As a parent, feeling completely involved

z)    Forest School

14 What would you change?
  • * Nothing
  • * More choice of snack

We will look to provide a wider range of fruit and vegetables

* Wish my child could stay longer

Wouldn’t this be lovely!

  • * Send home the lyrics to the songs being learnt

We will arrange to give parents the lyrics to the songs we intend to learn at the beginning of each half term

15 Any other comments?
  • * Keep up with the fantastic job
  • * The environment, resources, enrichment and staff are second to none. Each day is magical and exciting and my child is having unforgettable experiences
  • * I am extremely grateful and you have my child’s interests at heart
  • * Disappointed that there was no nursery play and no Christmas open evening which I experienced with my other children

We are very sorry to disappoint but we wanted to try something different this year. We are currently reviewing as a staff the Christmas Stay and Play and will take into consideration this feedback. We will also look to do a family open evening in the near future

Celebration Evening July 2015/16: 23 completed questionnaires

Thank you to all of the parents who completed the questionnaire. Your views and ideas are gratefully received as we are always looking at ways to improve. The headteacher’s responses to these are in orange.

 

 

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly

disagree

Don’t know

 

1

 

My child is happy at Sandy Lane nursery and Forest School

 

21

 

2

 

 

 

 

2

 

I think that my child feels safe at Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School

 

20

 

3

 

 

 

 

3

 

My child is making good progress at Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School

 

20

 

3

 

 

 

 

4

 

My child is being ‘taught’ well at Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest

School

 

21

 

2

 

 

 

 

5

 

My child is well looked after at Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest

School

 

21

 

1

 

 

 

1

 

6

 

My child is enjoying taking home the library books

 

17

 

4

 

1

 

 

1

 

7

 

I think that the children at Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School

are well behaved

 

16

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

Staff work effectively with the children to resolve conflicts

 

19

 

2

 

 

 

2

 

9

 

The school is led and managed well

 

20

 

2

 

 

 

1

 

10

 

The school responds well to any concerns I raise

 

19

 

3

 

 

 

1

 

11

 

I feel informed about my child’s progress

 

18

 

5

 

 

 

 

12

 

I would recommend this school to another parent

 

19

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

13

 

As a parent, what do you like best so far at Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School?

 

 

·         The outside is lovely and accessible for SEND

·         Large outdoors

·         Classrooms are bright and lovely

·         Child has progressed well

·         Child has improved confidence, a lot more outgoing

·         Supportive, caring, friendly, approachable staff, wonderful and motivated

·         Fab, stimulating facilities and variety of toys

·         Forest school

·         Child’s freedom and independence, making own choices

·         Writing name

·         The way the staff know every child

·         Support from staff with other issues, supporting parents e.g. eating

·         Staff provide children with security and emotional warmth, patient, well looked after

·         Lovely atmosphere

·         Trips and educational visits tailored to interests

·         Stay and Play

·         Portfolios

·         Magical environment

·         Fun and learning lots

·         Making friends

·         Travelling Ted

·         Working around the child’s ability

 

 

14

 

What would you change?

 

 

To begin earlier and stay later

We now have a breakfast club which starts at 8.00 and we are looking at extending the day to 4.00/4.30

More Forest School sessions

In September 2016 we will introduce further Forest School sessions to ensure children have increasing opportunities to take part in our amazing Forest School

More educational visits in the minibus

We are presently devising a calendar of minibus outings to compliment those we do to extend the  children’s interests we observe in nursery

Dropping off can be very crowded

We need to explore this predicament further

Send home file more often

Although we officially send home the files termly you are more than welcome to take your child’s file home whenever you would like. Sometimes parents like to take them home to show other family members who may be visiting

Would like to stay another year

Wouldn’t that be lovely!

Have children’s coats on already as it’s so busy round the coat cupboards at collection time/easier parent access at collection

We have recently facilitated this for all children now

Full days

Full days are available at a reasonable cost

 

15

 

Any other comments?

 

 

·         I will be sending my other children without a doubt

·         I would recommend this nursery, it is brilliant

·         Construction area has really developed his maths skills

·         Support given to both children and families is second to none

·         My child has had the support needed to get him ready for school, his language and pretend play is better

 

Links to Warrington Borough Council’s Website

For further information on schools, please visit the council’s web pages – you can do this by copying and pasting the link below into your browser:

https://www.warrington.gov.uk/homepage/482/children_young_people_and_families

Links to Department for Education Website

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-education