How to use this Learning and assessment resource to improve practice?
These case studies can be used separately or together.
In pairs or small groups, use the statements and questions below to help you reflect on your practice. If you are in a large staff team, you could discuss one or two questions per group, and then feedback at the end of the session.
Reflective questions: Hailesland Case Study
In Hailesland, practitioners wanted parents to feel welcomed and included, and have a sense of ownership of the space. They gathered parent feedback as part of their self-evaluation processes as they changed the space. Does your environment help parents and carers to feel welcomed and included? How do you gather the views of parents and how does their feedback change your practice?
In the Seedlings Room, practitioners researched theorists and visited other settings as part of their whole staff team approach. How does your setting maximise opportunities for practitioners to work and learn together? How have you developed a shared understanding of pedagogy and practice? What impact does this have on the quality of provision that you offer?
Reflective questions: Wellgreen Case Study
Wellgreen Nursery places great importance on valuing the child as a unique individual, and practitioners think carefully how they support children to be given a ‘voice’. This informed their self-evaluation and led to opening the playrooms up to all ages of children. Reflect on your own setting. How well do you consult with children and support them to communicate about the things that are important to them? How does this inform your self-evaluation and lead to changes that improve children’s experiences?
Practitioners at Wellgreen looked carefully at their environment, so that the learning areas across the space and the materials within each area accommodated the stages of development of children aged two to five. Reflect on your own learning environments. How well does the organisation of the space meet the needs of the two to five age group and how well do you differentiate resources so that they support children at all stages of development?
Reflective questions for both case studies
Staff at Wellgreen Nursery and Hailesland Early Years Centre, placed great importance on careful observation to enable them to plan environments and learning that meet children’s developmental stages and interests. This led to changes in the organisation of spaces and the materials offered, including introducing more natural materials. Think about the observations that you gather. How well do these help you to develop your learning environment and plan for next steps?
PDF file: Hailesland Early Years Centre case study (53 KB)
PDF file: Wellgreen Nursery case study (68 KB)
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This video shows the Head and Depute Head of Wellgreen Nursery. They discuss the staff journey of reflecting on and developing the open-plan free-flow learning environment, to meet the needs and interests of children aged two to five years.
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The Pre-Birth to Three document explores the four Key Principles, including the Rights of the Child.
Building the Ambition
Building the Ambition - What do Children Need pages (specifically baby, toddler and young child ‘environments’).
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