East Renfrewshire Council

Education Department

Pre-Five Partnership Providers

Standard and Quality report 2015-16

1.    About our Nursery

Broom Nursery is in partnership with East Renfrewshire Council. It is based within the Broom Church at Newton Mearns.

It has a large attractive and stimulating outdoor learning area, we also have access to a playground within the church grounds

Our manager is Michelle Quigley, Depute is Lorna Cation, our most recent members of staff Kirsty Sinclair and Catriona Graham

This year we have had 24 children attending nursery. Children attend nursery for a 3 hour 10 minutes daily morning session, however we have some children attending on a part time basis.

We provide a wrap-around service Monday to Friday 8.45-9.00 am and a lunch wrap Mon/Wed/Fri 12.10-12.45

As we are a partnership nursery most of our children move on to various schools/nurseries within the local authority. 

We offer a range of work experience opportunities to pupils and students within the local area from local secondary schools and additional support needs schools. 

Values, Vision and Principles for Broom Nursery

We value: Respect, Honesty, Caring, Understanding and Fairness.

Our Vision is that:

We strive to create a positive, welcoming, inclusive, stimulating environment where all children will be nurtured and thrive. We ensure through partnership with our learners, parents/Carers and staff we ensure that each child makes good progress and achieves full potential in their early years.

Our Principles :

We believe that children learn when they are safe, healthy and happy

We believe that children learn when they are actively involved through play.

We believe each child is and individual, who is respected and valued.

We believe that learning experiences should be inclusive and fun for all.

We believe that learning is a lifelong progress and this is a foundation stage.                                  

                                           Our Aims for Broom Nursery   

We aim to:

Provide a safe and secure environment for all children and adults and to provide warmth, food and an environment, which compliments and enhances each child’s life at home.

Be ready to offer help, reassurance and assistance to both children and parents/carers.

Continue to develop the Curriculum for Excellence in our establishment.

                 Improvement plan 2015-16 targets

 

Strategic Priorities

Current targets

QI’s

We will enhance the opportunities for staff to deliver the Curriculum for Excellence in creative and stimulating ways.

To plan appropriate and challenging experiences in all aspects of the Curriculum from the experiences, outcomes and the skills framework and to respond to children’s needs and interests.


 We will work in partnership with parents/carers

In their child’s early education and childcare.

2.1,5.1,5.3,

5.4, 5.7                                                                                                                

 

 

We will promote the development of staff through CLPL .

We will review and develop our policies and procedures.

To use East Renfrewshire Council, In-House and any other training courses provided to further develop and enhance all staffs CLPL.

 

Continue to further enhance partnerships with other establishments.

5.3, 7.2,  9.3

We will work in partnership with parents to develop and enhance their child’s learning through a variety of experiences.

To promote the health and wellbeing of children and families through developing opportunities for outdoor learning.

2.1,5.1,5.3,

5.4,5.7, 5.9                                                                                                                

 The following evidence has been used to evaluate the work of the nursery:

  • Children’s profiles

  • Additional comments from parents through the children’s profiles on their child’s interest.

  • Comments from parents/children on what they have enjoyed/ learned at nursery.

  • Children’s Surveys

  • Parental Surveys/Questionnaires

  • Children’s Planning

  • Home Links

  • Helping Hands/ Outdoor Learning Area Team

  • Big Book Learning Journals

  • Photographic evidence of children’s achievements

  • Parent’s consultations throughout the year

  • Comment’s book

  • Committee meetings

  • Staff meetings

  • Parents volunteering to bring their skills into nursery.

  • Partnership teacher’s feedback

 

How good are we at recognising achievement and raising attainment? (1.1)      Evaluation 5

 

Progress, Impact and Outcomes

Most children are achieving and progressing well in all aspects of their development and learning.

There are good tracking mechanisms in place to ensure that there are no children at risk of missing out.

Children with additional support needs have appropriate Wellbeing and Assessment plans with targets that are regularly monitored, reviewed and input provided from other agencies if required.

Staff plan daily, weekly and monthly as a team, to effectively meet the current needs of the children.

Most children are developing into increasingly confident individuals, that are responsible for their own learning.

Children are actively involved in the planning process through mind maps and discussions.

The children are consulted in all significant developments of the nursery for example, thumbs up, thumbs down survey on upgrade of outdoor learning area.

Our children are becoming successful, confident learners and are achieving across a range of areas. They are able to show responsibility and developing independence, with support they contribute well to the life of the nursery and it’s surrounding community.

We use a wide range of learning environments to encourage creative and imaginative play, which meets the individual needs of individual children. Play activities encourage children to develop their decision making skills through investigation and problem solving. We work directly with our children to develop these skills and adapt the pace of learning to ensure all children make appropriate progress.

During the course of the year, children have had various outings and fundraising events enhance children’s learning and citizenship.

The children have made good use of the local community, involving Woodland Walk, Winter Gardens, Library, Public Transport and The Tall Ship.

As part of our Improvement Plan this year we focused on Health and Well Being and carried out various activities. We introduced healthy tips from ‘Setting the Table’ in monthly newsletters to share with parents/ carers. This was used to promote a healthy lifestyle at home and the nursery.

As part of our Improvement Plan, we issued children and parents with surveys on how to improve the Outdoor Learning Area. This provided opportunities for children and families to be included in the plans to upgrade the garden.

Children have daily access to activities both indoors and out. Children have been encouraged to investigate the natural materials within the garden.

In November and May parents were invited into nursery at a time suitable to them to discuss their child’s development and learning with their keyworker. This was also an opportunity for staff and parents to share any concerns.

We use praise appropriately to motivate children, and display children’s work attractively throughout the playroom.

Relationships throughout the nursery are warm and positive between staff, children, parents and carers based on mutual respect and trust.

Children are learning respect and consideration for themselves and others. Staff work well to promote positive behaviour and are good role models.

New staff rota systems were implemented and displayed on the shared wall.  This has had a positive impact on staff team.  Staff are well organised in carrying out daily duties and are also aware of all colleagues duties. 

 

Areas for Improvement


Leadership and Management

1.3 Leadership of Change

Develop a shared vision for change and improvement within our setting through evidence based continuous improvement linked to self-evaluation. 

Senior staff to support and enable staff to make confident, well- judged changes to ensure positive impact on outcomes for children. 

New strategies will be implemented to monitor and evaluate the impact of changes for future actions for children and families.  

                   

 

How well do we meet the needs of our stakeholders? (2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 4.1, 4.2)      Evaluation 5

                                                                                  Progress, Impact and Outcomes

All of our learners are actively involved in their own learning and development. Through discussions with their key worker children are consulted through the use of mind maps for planning. In Planned Learning Experiences and Play, their needs are identified, through skilled questioning staff can identify the children’s next steps for learning. Through responsive planning, staff continually plan and respond to meeting the current interests of the children.

We consult with the children to determine the weekly healthy snack menu, and any other relevant issues involving the life of the nursery.

Children completed Outdoor Learning Survey and their requests and ideas were considered for the development of our garden and purchasing resources.

Personal Care Plans were updated to ensure all staff had access to files and are aware of each individual child’s needs, to ensure needs were met. Parents are given the opportunity to provide as much information as possible about their child, family circumstances and their interests prior to starting nursery. This information is updated on a regular basis.

Our parents play an important role in their child’s learning and development, and are represented by our parent committee, who are actively involved in the operation.

Parents have opportunities to attend informal and formal meetings. They are given opportunities to attend events and outings run by the nursery.

Parents are given the opportunity through home links to comment on their child’s learning and development and share their child’s current interests and achievements out with the nursery, which staff use to plan next steps. Through this parents feel valued, informed and supported in their child’s learning and in the life of the nursery.

All staff are qualified and through effective teamwork have provided high quality learning experiences indoors and outdoors. Staff are actively involved in planning and developing long term, short term plans. Staff are valued, supported and their views on how to improve the quality of the nursery and its impact on the children is influenced in a positive manner.

We have good working relationships with outside agencies, this includes health specialists, psychologists and teachers.

We are actively involved within the community. The nursery operates within the grounds of Broom Church. We are supported by families in the community and surrounding area.  We have had positive feedback from our users through questionnaires, surveys and informal discussions.

We have used the local library, local shops, parks and outside agencies to provide and enrich the experiences of the children.

We are involved with the local schools and nurseries. Staff prepare Transition Reports at the end of the year, which is shared with the child’s next relevant establishment.

We have had good working relationships with nurseries in the local community, sharing good practise. Staff attended cluster meetings and worked towards the Family Friendly Accreditation Silver Award. Through these meetings, staff have developed good working relationships with other establishments. Staff are continually keeping up to date with current guidelines and CLPL to meet changes to practise to ensure children receive high quality learning experiences.

Areas for Improvement

Success and Achievements

3.2 Securing children’s progress (Theme: Children’s progress over time)

Continue to involve children in consultation in their own learning and activities within the nursery that can support and develop their skills and attitudes to encourage all children to be motivated and life-long learners. 

Staff team will meet regularly to discuss children’s progress, discuss strategies and next steps to support them in their learning and development.

Continue to work effectively and actively involve families and other professionals to identify and deliver meaningful learning opportunities, ensuring equity for all.


 

 

How good is our leadership? (9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4)      Evaluation 5

Progress, Impact and Outcomes

 Staff are involved in updating policies and procedures. Staff are involved in reviewing and provide their input in the improvement plan.

We work well as a team to maintain our vision, values and aims. Our visions, values and aims have clear expectations for positive attitudes. We promote equality and celebrate diversity and this is reflected in our improvement Plan.

Staff have developed their CLPL through various training. Staff have attended Building the Ambition, Nurture and Attachment, Child Protection, Getting it Right for Every Family and Senior staff have attended ERC Forums.

Areas for Improvement

Leadership and Management

1.1 Self-evaluation for self-improvement

Continue to improve the quality of leadership through change.

Continue to embed and develop current changes that have been made.

We will continue to improve through self-evaluation by improving our practice through peer assessing, mentoring through a range of Quality Assurance procedures within our establishment.

Staff to plan with the children through ‘Big book planning and responsive planning.

In-house training to be introduced on a regular basis to ensure all staff are up to date with National and local policies and legislation.

Staff to use ‘Pre-birth to three’, ‘Building the Ambition’ and the ‘Curriculum for excellence’.

 

What is our capacity for Improvement?


We will continue to improve the quality of our leadership of improvement and change and securing children’s progress through: 

  • Continuing to embed and develop current changes that will be implemented.

  • We will monitor our effectiveness through a range of Quality Assurance procedures.

  • Continue to involve children in consultation in their own learning and in activities within the nursery that can support and develop their learning.

  • Implement a new planning and tracking system incorporating wellbeing indicators to secure children’s progress and wellbeing.

Nursery Improvement Priorities 2016-17

 

 Leadership and Management                

1.3 Leadership of Change

1.1 Self-Evaluation for self-improvement.

·         All practitioners have working knowledge of the self-evaluation tools and of our approach to continuous improvement.

  • Staff use and embed the documents - How Good is our Early Learning and Childcare, Build the Ambition, Pre-birth to Three and Curriculum for Excellence to enhance and develop the nursery.

  • Continue in the upgrade and development of our Outdoor Learning Area.

  • Continue to review develop our policies, procedures and strategies keeping up to date with current legislation.

Success and Achievements 

3.2 Securing children’s progress (Children’s progress over time)

 ·         Staff will continue to monitor at all times to actively ensure all children are engaged in their learning and identify individual needs and respond accordingly.

·         Continue to engage and include parents/carers in their child’s holistic development and learning to secure future attainment and success.

·         Continue to support children in making choices and encourage them to talk about their learning.



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                 East Renfrewshire Council

      Education Department

       Pre-Five Partnership Providers

Standard and Quality report 2014-15

Broom Nursery is based in the Ninian hall at Broom Church, Newton Mearns with access to our garden adjacent to the hall. We operate 5 mornings from 9 until 12.10, with the opportunity for parents to add wraparound care each morning from 8.45a.m and for three afternoons until 12.45. We are registered with the Care Inspectorate to educate 28 children.

Our nursery is run by the stakeholders through a parent committee who participate in fundraising and operate the business side. The Manager oversees this along with maintaining the Curriculum and supporting the staff in their important roles.

Funding for the children is provided by East Renfrewshire council who we are in partnership with. Through the partnership we are provided with training, access to a partnership teacher on a regular basis and to other agencies.

Through our fundraising social events the parents get to know each other and support each other if required. This year the parents and grandparents very kindly offered to share their skills with the children through storytelling, garden committee, fundraising committee, talking about their culture, donating home-baking and end of term gifts, and their occupations e.g. doctor, dentist.

Once a month we have ‘Enjoyaball’, this activity were well received and beneficial to the children’s and staff wellbeing.


Vision, values and aims for Broom Nursery

We value: Respect, Responsibility, Trust, Care and Understanding.

Our Vision is that: vision is that:

We have a bright, appealing and welcoming environment for children and parents.

We ensure that each child is treated fairly and is accepted as an individual in their development and learning.

We deliver a varied and interesting curriculum to all children using all available resources.

We will be as flexible as possible in both curriculum and practices to accommodate both children and parents using the group.

We work in partnership in developing all children to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.

All staff attend relevant ERC training to continue their professional development and for them to share this knowledge with other members of staff.

Our parents are actively involved in their children’s learning. We create an excellent relationship between staff and parents.               

                                                                     Our Aims for Broom Nursery   

We aim to:

Provide a safe and secure environment for all children and adults and to provide warmth, food and an environment, which compliments and enhances each child’s life at home.

Be ready to offer help, reassurance and assistance to both children and parents/carers.

Continue to develop the Curriculum for Excellence in our establishment.

                                                                       Improvement plan 2014-15 targets

Strategic priorities

Current targets

QI’s

We will enhance the opportunities for staff to deliver the Curriculum for Excellence in creative and stimulating ways.

To plan appropriate and challenging experiences in Literacy, Numeracy, Physical and Expressive Arts from the experiences, outcomes and the skills framework. We will work in partnership with parents to deliver these experiences. Extending the learning experience by supporting learning at home.  

2.1,5.1,5.3,

5.4, 5.7, 5.9                                                                                                                 

 

 

We will promote the development of staff through CPD and the integration of a new member of staff.

For staff to attend training, forums and meetings to fulfil their CPD requirements.

To employ a new member of staff

5.3, 7.2, 8.3, 9.3

We will work in partnership with parents to develop and enhance their child’s learning through a variety of different avenues.

To promote the health and wellbeing of children and families through developing opportunities for outdoor learning.

2.1,5.1,5.3,

5.4,5.7, 5.9                                                                                                                


The following evidence has been used to evaluate the work of the nursery:

  • Children’s profiles

  • Additional comments from parents through the children’s profiles on their children’s interests’ outwith the nursery.

  • Comments from parents/children on what they would like to learn in nursery.

  • Children, parents and staff’s feedback

  • Children’s art folder

  • Big book evidence

  • Photographs

  • Parent’s consultations in November and May

  • Questionnaires after parent’s consultations

  • Questionnaires in March

  • Comment’s book

  • Committee meetings

  • Staff meetings

  • Parents volunteering to bring their skills into nursery.

  • Partnership teacher’s feedback

 

How good are we at recognising achievement and raising attainment? (1.1)      Evaluation 5


Progress, Impact and Outcomes

Through a wide variety of activities in and out of the playroom the children have benefited enormously from the experiences provided by the qualified staff. Our experiences have come from the children’s interests, events, festivals and planning throughout the year. Learning experiences are documented which includes evidence of activities, children’s comments of what they would like to and have learned through their personal profiles. Photographs and samples of the children’s work are also displayed throughout the playroom. The Big Books evidence folders are displayed for parents and children to access.

We have had thirteen children in their preschool year and fourteen ante-preschool children. This is overseen by three members of staff and relief members of staff to plan and provide the children with opportunities and experiences to prepare them for the transition to school. Staff work closely with the schools to ensure a smooth transition.

Through our ‘Thinking and Achievement board’, parents added their child’s out of nursery activities. These were very helpful to new parents, as they could access information through other parents, helping to forge friendships too. A calendar of events and fundraising target was displayed for parents in the cloakroom

Nursery children were responsible citizens in thinking of others through raising funds for ‘Children in Need’ and ‘Red Nose day.

During the course of the year, children have had various opportunities to access outdoor play. This has been achieved through children doing their own risk assessment in the garden area and in the playground. Other opportunities were outings to the Burrelll, the local park and to supermarkets.

Children had the experience of using public transport, for some children this was their first experience. The local shops and the surrounding areas were used for learning walks.

Through parental involvement, children’s experiences were enhanced and developed. Their knowledge and understanding of the world was varied including maintaining healthy lifestyles. Children had opportunities to extend their learning through various role play activities.

In November and May parents were invited into nursery at a time suitable to them to discuss their child’s development and learning with their keyworker. This was also an opportunity for staff and parents to share any concerns and the way forward for their child.

Areas for Improvement

New staff rotas are to be implemented to enable a smooth running of nursery, this will be displayed on the staff sharing wall.

Well done certificates and stickers for children to reflect their achievements within the nursery and outwith. Stickers will be introduced for children to continue their nursery/home link.

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How well do we meet the needs of our stakeholders? (2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 4.1, 4.2)      Evaluation 5

 

Progress, Impact and Outcomes

At the beginning of the session, we provided parents with handbooks with all the relevant information required for their child starting nursery. This provides parents with current information and access to the website, which has a password protected parent’s zone. Throughout the year information is updated through newsletters by email and texts. In the cloakroom area there are copies of the newsletters and any other information shared with the parents.

As we are a small nursery all staff shares a holistic view on each child. There is also a keyworker for smaller groups, this has enabled the children feel safe and secure in familiar groups. Each keyworker will liaise with the parents and carers of the children in their group. Group registration time has given the children the opportunity to share their news, learn about the events in the nursery and opportunities to plan their learning.

Working in small groups has benefited all children to become more confident individuals and prepared them to work in larger groups and the transition to Primary 1.

During activities and events, the staff have taken lots of photographs. These are used for discussions and recall when they are added to the groups ‘Big books’. Parents have the opportunity of viewing the photographs through our ‘Big Books, on the digital photo frame in the cloakroom or on our website. Parents are only able to access the photographs through our password protected page. This year we have provided the parents with a cd of all their child’s experiences in nursery. Photographs are digitally added to the child’s profiles.

Each term the children take home their profiles. These include the child’s progress, development and achievements, along with some photographs and children’s work. Before they are returned parents are invited to discuss with their children what they would like to learn in the playroom and what they feel they have learned in the previous term. This information is collated and shared with all the staff who will adapt planning to meet individual needs of the child.

Through our open door policy parents are welcome to attend nursery with their child. This has enhanced the establishment with parents and carers being more actively involved and staff more aware of Family Issues and ways to address them.

We have had several successful fundraising events involving the children throughout the year which has enabled us to purchase new resources including outdoor suits. Other resources have enhanced the children’s learning and development.

Parents are consulted on any changes to the group and share their views on events through questionnaires. These are collated in confidentially and displayed on our notice board, they are also added to our ‘Comments’ page on our website.

 Areas for Improvement

Our Handbook and ‘Personal Care plan’ is to be updated and this will reflect the Shannari indicators.

Staff will update policies and procedures in line with current legislation

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How good is our leadership? (9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4)      Evaluation 4

Progress, Impact and Outcomes

All staff are highly committed in their role as professional nursery staff. They work very well as a team and respect each other. Each staff member contributes greatly to the successful running of the nursery. The staff team consisted of the Manager, the Depute Manager, Senior Child Development Officer, Child development officer and a relief member of staff. These staff are all qualified to SVQ3 and above. The SCDO started her PDA, Level 9 in Childhood Practice and will continue for another year. This will greatly benefit the continuation of the nursery. All staff are registered with the SSSC and have PVG’s. Our office bearers on the committee have PVGs, this allows them to assist in the playroom if required.

We have had a relief member of staff who wanted to gain some experience of childcare and education before she goes to college to gains qualifications.

In the cloakroom area we have photographs of our staff and any regular visitors to the group. This allows parents and children to recognise all the adults coming into the playroom.

A member of staff has met with other nurseries in their cluster group to discuss and share ‘Family friendly accreditation’ information regarding their services and how we can improve them.

Staff adhere to our policies and procedures and maintain our vision, values and aims.

Staff have developed very good transitions with the primary schools. Teachers visit the nursery and in turn the staff visit the school with the children.

Each member of staff is given their own group where they are responsible for the childrens learning and development. The staff meet regularly to discuss the children and the way forward for each child. Any information from training and meetings are shared with staff and it is discussed how these can be implemented into the playroom. Staff training courses and any relevant meetings dates are displayed on the notice board for parents and carers to see.

Each keyworker writes their own profiles for the children in their groups. When the profiles are returned all staff have an opportunity to look at the comments from the parents. The manager collates this information and all staff are given copies to enable them to plan the children’s next steps.

                                                                                        Areas for Improvement

For staff to plan for the children through ‘Big book planning and include responsive planning.

For in-house training to be introduced on a monthly basis to ensure all staff are up to date with National and local policies and legislation.

For all staff to use ‘Prebirth to three’, ‘Building the Ambition’ and the ‘Curriculum for excellence’.

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What is our capacity for improvement?

 

Staff are very keen to share good practice with other nurseries through visits to  them.

We always strive to make changes for the benefit of the children, parents and staff

Through the partnership created with parents our service will continue to thrive as a happy,    

safe, secure and welcoming nursery.

School Improvement Priorities 2015-16

 

We will:

  • To use the documents Build the Ambition, Pre-birth to three and C for Ex to enhance and develop the nursery.

  • To research the benefits of ‘Outdoor learning’ develop our policies and procedures

  • To include the children in the planning and evaluating of the nursery indoors and out.

 

      

     


 




 

                                        



 


 


 




 


 



 

      

 

 


 







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