In our Early Years settings at OASP, we believe that all children are entitled to the best possible start in their school life, both intellectually, emotionally, spiritually and morally in order to enable them to develop their full potential. As practitioners we recognise that all children are unique, special and learn through activities that captivate their interests.
We believe it is our duty to develop a joy of learning within our pupils, enabling them to feel motivated and excited. We ensure that we plan for high quality learning through play-based, first hand experiences. We strive to provide opportunities for every child to develop their communication, independence and confidence. We provide a safe, secure and caring environment where children feel happy and know that they are valued by the practitioners working with them.
While the children learn through both child-initiated and adult led activities we assess their development through observations using a variety different methods. We continuously engage them in meaningful discussions which will inform us of what they have learnt and to facilitate new learning.
There is no formal assessment for the end of Nursery, but we use the Development Matters statements from 22-36 months to 40-60 months (Read More Link to DM) to continuously assess where each child is in their development to inform the Reception teachers during transition meetings.
At the end of the Reception year we formally report to the Local Authority by completing a Child Profile for each child which shows their progress against the Early Learning Goals (refer) which are the National expected standards. The profile also provides valuable information about the child’s overall development and along with the end of year report, written by the class teacher forms the basis of transition discussions with the Year 1 teachers.