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:
Develop our understanding of the term 'Cultural Capital' (from the new Ofsted inspection framework) and ensure this is embedded into our practice to an outstanding level.
Further develop our outdoor learning area, in particular our mud garden, and explore how well we implement high quality learning every day, whatever the weather!
Ensure that we are fully prepared for the implementation of the new EYFS curriculum in September 2021.
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!
Recent achievements - Development of our 'Mud Garden' area
We identified that our mud garden was in need of some attention and began to plan improvements, to include levelling and re-turfing the area, replacing the existing digging pit and sand pits, and refurbishing or replacing our mud kitchen. We were lucky enough to secure a grant from 'Tesco Bags of Help' towards this project. Luckily, our Deputy Manager Sarah's husband was able to gain some community support to help out with this project - with all of the resources and labour being provided for free! The area has been levelled and re-turfed, the giant sand-pit and digging area has been refurbished, and some beautiful new mud kitchen units have been hand-built. A lick of brightly coloured paints has helped to complete the look. We even had two ton bags of play sand donated to us! We plan to use the grant funding now to add a garden shed, bench seats with storage (for wellies) in the area, and some bespoke fencing and gates to enable us to close off the mud garden and gardening zones for small group activities. We will use any left over funds to purchase some new gardening equipment such as spades, barrows and planters, as well as some plants for the area.