John Sheard L3 & Tess Fitz wtw L2
A key-person system gives each member of staff responsibility for a few children. Each child when they are settling in chooses their key person. This key person is a special adult your child can relate to, which can make settling into the group very much easier. The key-person is in a position to help tailor aspects of the curriculum to the unique needs of each individual child via planning meetings. The key-person maintains links with the child’s home setting, working with parents through shared record keeping to ensure that all children are supported in reaching their potential. These notes can be viewed at any time by making an appointment to ensure appropriate time is allotted for discussions.
John and Tess work together supported by Siddika The SENco .
John is Tigger Group key person also works with Tess. John has worked at the Pre-School since May 2015. John has a Diploma Level 3 in Childcare and Education and a Level 4 in SEND.
John specialises in Physical development and Speech and Language within the preschool. He is also First Aid and Food Hygiene trained and up to date with all child protection safeguarding procedures and policies.
Tess is also Tigger Groups' key person and works with John supporting the children. Tess has worked at the Pre-School since September 2017. Tess is working to attain her Diploma Level 2 in Childcare and Education. Trainees working towards NVQ level 3 in childcare are supported by senior staff to achieve their individual potential.
Siddika is the preschool's deputy manager and SENDco and can speak several languages. John plans with Siddika the SENDco support children who have additional needs they plan opportunities and experiences for the children to access the curriculum and support parents to ensure they understand their children's unique needs.
OTHER ACTIVITIES DURING THE TERMS
- Baking every term – every Friday morning.
- Story time daily – story making using sacks you can take home and share with your child.
- Homework- next steps of development that you can work with you child at home too.
- Please talk to me any time should you have any concerns, activity ideas, want to help out on trips, have any expertise in an area.
- Please note this is an overview of learning and every 2 weeks I will as your child's key person share with you a detailed outline of activities which will include the learning objectives.
- Your child will start to use the language ’Learning choice’ and ‘work’ rather than ‘play’. This is to differentiate between playtimes and learning time. The preschool activities will still be play based but moving towards a more structured learning environment. Please use this language at home when discussing preschool.
- Teaching the children about British Values through the seven developmental areas.
- Daily every morning intensive exercise programs either gymnastics, dance or other gross motor moments.
Your Children’s Learning Journeys:
Parents are welcome to add to your child's learning journey book which can be found in their draw. It is important that we share information regarding any ‘WOW’ moments. If your child does something in their development such as riding their bike or saying a new word we would like you to share this by putting a ‘WOW’ sheet in their learning journey or on the WOW Tree!
In your child’s learning journey book your child’s key person will identify next steps. These are for us to aim for in Preschool with your support in the home environment. They are statements from the ‘development matters’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which enable us to recognise stages of your child’s learning and then plan for their future development.
We often get comments from parents saying ‘my child can already do this at home’ and whilst that information is invaluable to us, unless we have observed it in Preschool we cannot assume that they have reached a certain stage of development and so we plan to provide opportunities for progress in this area. Please make an appointment to speak to me or your child’s key person if you feel unsure about anything. If enough parents show an interest I am happy to hold a discussion evening around the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and learning & development. Let me know if you would find this useful.
A learning and development record is produced from observations and photographs of the individual child-which are used for planning and assessing. Termly reports are provided for parents which indicate the child’s next steps for learning. This ensures both parents and nursery are working towards the same goals. Parents evenings are scheduled twice a year giving the parents the opportunity to look at their child’s file and talk to the key person.