The possibility of creating a learning journal online has been around for some years now. There are many systems that have been developed and they all are very different. Systems are being ‘tweaked’ all the time and early years providers continue to contribute to systems ongoing growth and development. They offer ‘user friendly’ systems and come ‘pre-loaded’ with templates for observations, assessments and planning. They reflect the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (2014).
We know that children develop at their own rates and in their own ways. As a ‘Prime Area’ physical development is, as we know, just as important as the other areas of learning and development. Research has shown that physical activity in young children supports concentration, motivation, learning and well-being.
Peer observations provide opportunities to support you and your staff team, professionally and personally. They are a valuable tool in developing practice in your setting and ensure that quality interactions between children and staff support learning and development.
Evaluating the quality of your early years provision and making sure you continually improve is key to the success of your service. The official Ofsted self-evaluation form (SEF) is optional for providers on the Early Years Register. Providers may record their ‘self-evaluation’ in a different form, such as taking part in a quality assurance system.
It is generally recommended that all early years setting have three to five in-service training days per year. In-service days can be hard to organise and in order for them to be a success your staff, stakeholders and parents need to be well prepared.
At Orange Caterpillar we believe in a culture of continuous improvement. We recognise that one way to do this is by enlisting the services of a ‘mystery shopper’.
Many types of business employ mystery shoppers. Their research enables managers and owners to have a different viewpoint about levels of service, customer satisfaction and that the company image or ‘ethos’ is being portrayed in the desired manner.
We wanted a ‘catchy’ name – one that can easily be remembered and passed on!
Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow, it represents stimulation, success, creativity, and determination. Orange exudes enthusiasm and excitement!