Teachers are NOT Mary Poppins!

I’m sure this won’t come as any surprise to you to know that, unlike Mary Poppins, teachers don’t have a bag of tricks, magic words or Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious songs of persuasion. So why, I ask, is it that they are expected to teach groups of up to 30 young children with very little help or support? […]

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The National Curriculum? No thank you!

Do we really have a choice when it comes to the sort of education on offer to children? I believe that the stark reality is that there really is no choice for parents. Whether you opt for a local authority (maintained) school or an Independent (private) school the curriculum on offer is the same, the […]

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Kinetic Letters Training #1

Steph Lewis and I attended training for Kinetic Letters, in Stourbridge on 25th January 2018. The course looked at how children learn to hold a pencil, write and form letters correctly. Learning to write and form letters correctly requires more than the development of fine motor skills. Children need excellent core strength. They need the […]

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Kinetic Letters Training #2

Following on from our training for Kinetic Letters, in Stourbridge on 25th January 2018 here are some of the things we are going implement into our practice to support the development of core strength leading to the development of key skills for writing. Babies- Tummy time is prioritised over other ways of spending time on […]

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Ofsted Result – Outstanding Quality of teaching

During our November inspection last year the Inspector had the following comments to make about the overall quality of teaching, learning and assessment: Staff plan precise activities that are focused to meet all children’s individual learning needs. They provide children with real-life experiences and an extensive range of natural materials and resources. Children’s learning is […]

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Ofsted Result – Outstanding Leadership and Management

During our November inspection last year the Inspector had the following comments to make about the effectiveness of Jane Smalley’s leadership and management:- The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. The manager and staff show an in-depth understanding of how to protect children from harm. Safeguarding procedures are robust and staff keep their excellent knowledge of […]

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Ofsted Result – Outstanding Behaviours

The Inspector had the following comments to make about the personal development, behaviour and welfare of the children Staff take time to get to know children and work very closely with parents to support children’s emotional well-being. Home visits have been introduced and this has been very successful for all children, particularly those who are […]

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Ofsted Result – Outstanding Outcomes for children

Here is the summary of what the Inspector had to say about our Outcomes for Children. “Children thrive in this vibrant setting with the majority exceeding the expected development for their age. They gain excellent skills that prepare them very well for the next stage in their learning, such as starting school. Children frequently choose […]

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