Parent/Carer Information

Bristol Standard

We are pleased and very proud to announce we have passed our 1st full submission in 2017 and 2nd year in 2018 of the Bristol Standard, and been awarded and recognised as a quality assured setting. We are currently into our 3rd year on the programme due to be validated in October 2019.

The Pre School has started the Bristol standard to complete for validation in October 2017. Staff have gained training and very much looking forward in our journey of reflection of our practices to benefit the children.

The Bristol Standard is a self evaluation framework that enables use here at Happy Dayz Pre School to continually reflect on our practice to improve the quality and effectiveness of our provision for all children and families.

It is an annual cycle of reflection, which is ongoing, using a whole team approach. A portfolio is submitted annually and is validated by a team of experienced local authority assessors.

The Bristol Standard has been designed to support the process of continuous quality improvement which is a journey, not a destination. It is organised into ten dimensions, so that settings can evaluate one area at a time in a manageable way that promotes ownership. Involvement in the Bristol Standard demonstrates that you are reflective, self-evaluating setting, committed to improving on your previous best.
The philosophy of the Bristol Standard is that we can all

improve on our previous best’
The purpose of the Bristol Standard is to:
  • Achieve high quality provision for all children in a culture of inclusion and anti-discriminatory practice.
  • Work together collaboratively and have a voice and learn from each other.
  • Celebrate current good practice and develop the quality and effectiveness of provision through a continuous process of reflection.
  • Enable settings to develop and improve the quality and effectiveness of their practice.
  • Support the development of genuine partnerships with children’s families or carers, other professionals and the local and wider community.
  • Promote leadership which is motivational and inclusive that demonstrates a commitment to sustain continuous improvement and contribute to professional development.
  • Enable change through clear leadership and a shared vision which values individual strength

The Bristol Standard has been recognised nationally as an example of excellence.

  • Parents’ Guide to the
    Early Years Foundation Stage Framework
  • Exciting times ahead for you and your child

  • What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?
  • Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS),which is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5.

  • This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early year’s experiences should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs.

  • Nurseries, pre-schools, reception classes and childminders registered to deliver the EYFS must follow a legal document called the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.

  • What is the EYFS Framework – why do we have one?
  • The EYFS Framework exists to support all professionals working in the EYFS to help your child, and was developed with a number of early year’s experts and parents.In 2012 the framework was revised (updated in September 2014) to make it clearer and easier to use, with more focus on the things that matter most. This new framework also has a greater emphasis on your role in helping your child develop

 It sets out:

  • The legal welfare requirements that everyone registered to look after children must follow to keep your child safe and promote their welfare.
  • The 7 areas of learning and development which guide professionals’ engagement with your child’s play and activities as they learn new skills and knowledge.
  • Assessments that will tell you about your child’s progress through the EYFS

  • Expected levels that your child should reach at age 5, usually the end of the reception year; these expectations are called the “Early Learning Goals (ELGs)”There is also guidance for the professionals supporting your child on planning the learning activities, and observing and assessing what and how your child is learning and developing.

What does it mean for me as a parent?Ensuring my child’s safetyMuch thought has been given to making sure that your child is as safe as possible. Within the EYFS there is a set of welfare standards that everyone must follow. These include the numbers of staff required in a nursery, how many children a childminder can look after, and things like administering medicines and carrying out risk assessments.
How my child will be learningThe EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first.
These are:

  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development; and
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas.
These are:
  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design.

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The staff team here at Happy Dayz Pre School teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests.Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

As a mum, dad or carer, how can I help with my child’s learning?

All the fun activities that you do with your child at home are important in supporting their learning and development, and have a really long lasting effect on your child’s learning as they progress through school.

Even when your child is very young and is not yet able to talk, talking to them helps them to learn and understand new words and ideas. If you make the time every day to do some of the following things with your child it will make a real difference to your child’s confidence as a young learner.

You can:

  • Sing and tell nursery rhymes
  • talk about numbers, colours, words and letters you see out and about
  • Allow your child to cut out and stick pictures
  • Cook/bake together
  • Use the weather - shadows, rain, puddles, snow, wind, mist and sun to extend vocabulary
  • Explore the park at a different time of the year -  go off the beaten track
  • Share a book
  • talk to your child at every opportunity e.g. what are you doing today
  • On a trip to the supermarket, talk about all the different packaging shapes

If you're looking for new ideas for things to do then find out what is on offer at your local children’s centre. Many offer ‘messy play’ activities which you and your child can join in with, and many of the activities they provide are free. Staff can also give you advice about the kinds of books or other activities your child might enjoy at different ages.

How can I find out how my child is getting on?

It is important that you and the professionals caring for your child work together. You need to feel comfortable about exchanging information and discussing things that will benefit your child. These conversations ideally need to be with your child’s “key person”.

This is the person who:

  • You are able to get information about your child’s development at any time and there are two stages (at age 2, and again at age 5) when your child’s key person gives you written information about how he or she is doing. Here at Happy Dayz Pre School your child’s key person will regularly meet up with you to share your child’s learning journey throughout the year, we summarise your child’s progress every 3 months.

  • try to talk to your child's key person as often as possible about what your child has been doing. what they need to be doing more of and what you can do at home.

  • When your child is 2
  • At some point after your child turns 2, your child’s key person working with your child will give you a written summary of how your child is progressing against the 3 prime areas of learning:

  • Communication and Language

  • Physical development

  • Personal, social and emotional development
physical development; and
  • personal, social and emotional development.
This is called theprogress checkat age 2.This check will highlight areas where your child is progressing well and anywhere they might need some extra help or support – and how mums and dads and other family members or carers can work with the key person to help. You might find it useful to share the information from the check with other professionals such as health visitors (who can use it as part of the health and development review).

You may well want to share your child’s individual learning profile that will be given to you when then leave Happy Dayz Pre School in the July before starting school. Key staff complete separate Local Authority transition forms about your child’s stages of development, and these are sent to the school by the Pre SchoolAll of the information collected is used to judge how your child is doing in the 7 areas of learning and development. Finding out at this stage how your child is doing will mean that the teacher your child has in their next school year – year 1 – will know what your child really enjoys doing and does well, as well as helping them decide if your child needs a bit of extra support, what that support should be and if they are already getting it. The school will give you a report of your child’s progress, including information from his or her EYFS Profile.

Where can I go for further information?
The most important place to find out more is with your child’s key person or the management team in their absence – do ask as many questions as you need to. We really do welcome speaking with you here at Happy Dayz Pre School.

You can find the Early Years Foundation Stage which includes the early learning goals at www.foundationyears.org.uk. The foundation year’s website also includes a range of resources and contacts.
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