At Coalway Early Years we are committed to continuous improvement. Our self-evaluation form is based on comparing our practice to the Outstanding grade descriptors set by Ofsted, and we use this to inform our Action Plan. We will also use suggestions and ideas from staff, children, parents and other sources. The plan is discussed and reviewed regularly with the team to ensure that we stay on target to meet our goals. Our current Action Plan has the following agenda:
Evaluate and implement ways to improve how we teach children to understand and respect diversity in the world around them.
Develop our understanding and development of 'cultural capital' (this is a new term that forms part of the updated 'Ofsted Inspection Framework')
Develop our outdoor learning environment to include updates to our 'mud garden' and sand play area, and the addition of a new gardening area and 'communication friendly spaces'.
To view our Self-Evaluation form, please click on the link below. If you would like to find out more about our Action Plan, or if you have a suggestion, please do not hesitate to contact us!
'Coalway Early Years' Self-Evaluation Form
Recent achievements - 'Nature Area'
We recently developed a new 'Nature Area' on land kindly donated to us by 'Coalway Junior School'. We are very proud of this achievement and this welcome addition to our facilities helps children to learn about and interact with the natural environment and learn about wildlife, nature and the outdoors. The area has developed from a 'blank canvas' and now features a log circle, established trees, shrubs and 'wild area', a mini-beast environment including a bug hotel, bird-watching areas, learning boards and a well-equipped shed containing resources to help support the children with learning about nature. The log circle provides an area for the children to come together for circle times, outdoor snacks and stories. Over time we would like to further develop this area to provide 'Forest School' type learning opportunities such as den-making, woodwork and a fire-pit.
January 2019 - the fencing and log circle are installed. The children visit the site to explore and talk about ideas for developing it, and for some circle times and stories.
February 2019 - we were kindly donated a pear tree from Coleford Garden Centre and planted this with the children.
March 2019 - we have applied for a small grant and have been fundraising so that we can purchase some items such as minibeast hunting resources, bird boxes and bird feeders, and equipment to create a small wildlife pond. We installed some large logs to encouraged minibeasts to visit, planted some wild flowers and young trees, and installed a hedgehog house kindly donated by the Junior School.
April 2019 - we have planted some more small trees and wild flowers. We also added some large logs to create hiding places for minibeasts. The grass is growing and we have lots of other wild flowers flourishing! The pear tree has lots of new leaves and some buds.
May 2019 - exciting news!! We have been donated an amazing 'bug hotel' by Matt and Kate Fortet. The children helped to transport it to the site, and to fill it with sticks, hay, logs and cones to create lots of lovely hiding places for the minibeasts. We also had a look under our big logs to see if any bugs were hiding there! Our nature area is beginning to evolve - the trees, wild flowers and grass are growing, creating lots of opportunities for the children to engage with nature. The children visit the site regularly for lots of exciting activities - bug hunting, snack and story times, and just to explore and experience the changes.
June 2019 - we have received a grant from the Forest of Dean Rotary Club to help us develop our nature area! We have used this, along with some other funding, to purchase items for our area including outdoor learning boards, bug pots and magnifiers, binoculars and clip boards. The children have experienced the changes in the area and staff have been planning exciting experiences, such as 'mini-beast safaris', 'camping', and bird-watching.
June 2019 - the children have enjoyed exploring the changes in the Nature Area as it grows and matures - longer grass, new plants, trees developing leaves, flowers appearing, and many new bugs and birds to watch!