1. Create an excellent environment – a ‘home from home’
2. Make the children happy
3. Communicate well with parents
4. Look after our staff
5. Strive to be Outstanding
6. Encourage our children to learn and explore
7. Listen to your views and the needs of your child
8. Work with our families for the benefit of the children
9. Keep your child safe
10. We think that by concentrating on these things the children will get the best possible start at Scallywags, and get them confident and ready for school.
I have previously been a Director of a successful local day nursery , which achieved Outstanding with OFSTED. I wanted to emulate my success of providing outstanding quality childcare for local children and their families, and with the unbelievable help of my family you now find yourselves in Scallywags! I am a mum of two, I have a daughter of 18 and a son of 8, I am married and live in Wainscott.
Andrea has had nearly 20 years experience managing day nurseries, and worked with me at my previous nursery as the Manager , and I am extremely fortunate that she is bringing her immense knowledge and experience to Scallywags. Andrea is a mum of two boys, aged 10 & 6 and a baby daughter, and is married and lives in Gillingham.
Kelly worked in day nurseries for many years before becoming the NVQ childcare assessor in Medway. Kelly worked with me closely over the last 5 years at my previous setting. Her skills with children and staff and her knowledge of the latest training and methods of care have made her an ideal choice as part of our Management Team. Kelly has a daughter of 8 and a baby daughter and is married and lives in Chatham.
Siobhan has worked for me over the last 16 years and her forte is the loving care of our youngest children. Siobhan is very friendly and warm, and her knowledge of the younger age group comes from her experience as well as her qualifications. Siobhan has three children, boys of 12 and 8, and a daughter of 4. She is married and lives in Chatham.
Vicky has over 10 years nursery experience, predominantly in Pre School environments, and relocated to Rainham from London when she joined us. She brings with her a wide range of fun ideas and is our Lead Professional when we become a Forest School in September 2017. Vicky lives in Rainham with her fiancé and their animals!
I have planned Scallywags to look like the ‘Home from Home’ in our logo, so we may look a lot different to other places you have looked at, and here is why!
The transition for children into a new environment can be exciting, but also worrying. Recent studies at Bath University and from other educational research facilities and experts, shows that environment and the way transition is handled can have an impact on how the child then settles, plays and learns. Neutral environments, particularly ones that resemble elements of their home, help the children to feel safe, and then have the confidence to take advantage of the play and learning opportunities on offer.
We have therefore created a whole building of a home from home environment. This has been shown to help with communication, engagement and well being. Too many brightly coloured posters and walls can be overwhelming, and with specific areas laid out in each room, children can be drawn to areas of interest to play or relax.
Natural daylight has a calming effect that contributes to health and well being, hence we have so many windows around. This means most of the day we won’t need the lights on, and when we do we have lampshades as opposed to industrial strip lighting.
The EYFS is similar to the curriculum that schools follow focusing on the on the birth to 5 year age range. The framework aligns Early Years Professionals to care and support your child’s development and learning needs and prepare them for starting school. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers are required to follow the EYFS, the welfare requirements set within the framework must be met by all childcare providers, in order to keep your child safe and promote their welfare.
There are seven areas used within the EYFS to plan your child’s learning and activities, the 3 prime areas are focused on initially, these are:-
Moving onto making achievements in the 4 specific areas, these are:-
When starting at Scallywags what we call ‘on entry data’ is collected though the forms we ask you to complete during your child’s taster sessions. This data is used to access where your child currently sits within the EYFS, at the point of starting nursery. Your child’s individual development is then tracked through our key person system, the key person is responsible for tracking and recording your child’s development through daily observations during your child’s day. These observations are then cross referenced with the development points of the EYFS. These tracking observations are recorded and evidenced with photographs in what we call a ‘Learning Story’.
At 3 monthly intervals your child’s key person will complete a ‘Possible Lines of Development (PLOD) form’, to access how well your child is progressing through the EYFS, working toward the Early Learning Goals. Your child’s specific interests and individual learning needs are then linked to our daily activity planning to encourage them onto further achievements.
Between 2 and 3 years (24-36 months) childcare settings are required to complete a 2 year progress check form which feeds into the Healthy Child Programme review at 2 ½ years undertaken by your Health Visitor. The form is completed by our practitioners and given to you in advance of your child’s check, you are then responsible for taking this check along to your child’s review.
When your child is due to leave us and start there next adventure at school, your child’s keyworker will complete a ‘transition to school form’ this detailed form shares with your child’s first teacher about their interests, challenges and achievements during their time at Scallywags. A copy of the transition form is given to you and another sent to your child’s school in advance of the new term starting.
Your child’s key worker is available for you to speak to at any time about your child’s development, you can also view your child’s Learning Story at any time, so please feel free to take it home from time to time to see how your child is doing.
We really encourage a joint approach to supporting your child’s learning and development at Scallywags, you can really help build your child’s confidence as a young learner through simple activities at home. You will see lots of opportunities around the nursery to get involved with your child’s learning experiences and share your own ideas with your child’s friends and carers at Scallywags.
You can find out more information about the EYFS on the following websites:-