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Hi, has anyone had an ECERs done in Reception? Is it just to do with learning environment or do they observe you teaching? Is it more like people walking round with clipboards?

Any experiences would be helpful! Thanks

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I thought it was just environment, but we haven't been told anything about it really and I am now panicking that it might be 'more' than what we thought it would be!

I hope you are right Susan!

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If you can't be bothered to go to the link, here's what they'll be looking at

49 Items organized into 7 Subscales

 

Space and Furnishings

1. Indoor space

2. Space for gross motor activities

3. Space for privacy

4. Room arrangement

5. Furnishings for routine care

6. Furnishings for learning and recreational activities

7. Furnishings for relaxation and comfort

8. Furnishings for gross motor activities

9. Access to host facilities

10. Space to meet personal needs of staff

11. Space to meet professional needs of staff

 

Health and Safety

12. Health policy

13. Health practices

14. Emergency and safety policy

15. Safety practice

16. Attendance

17. Departure

18. Meals/snacks

19. Personal hygiene

 

Activities

20. Arts and crafts

21. Music and movement

22. Blocks and construction

23. Drama/theater

24. Language/reading activities

25. Math/reasoning activities

26. Science/nature activities

27. Cultural awareness

 

 

Interactions

28. Greeting/departing

29. Staff-child interactions

30. Staff-child communication

31. Staff supervision of children

32. Discipline

33. Peer interactions

34. Interactions between staff and parents

35. Staff Interaction

36. Relationship between program staff and classroom teachers

 

Program Structure

37. Schedule

38. Free choice

39. Relationship between program staff and program host

40. Use of community resources

 

Staff Development

41. Opportunities for professional growth

42. Staff meetings

43. Supervision and evaluation of staff

 

Special Needs Supplementary Items

44. Provisions for exceptional children

45. Individualization

46. Multiple opportunities for learning and practicing skills

47. Engagement

48. Peer interactions

49. Promoting communication

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Hi, has anyone had an ECERs done in Reception?

Is it ECERS-R or ECERS-E?

 

ECERS-R is about environment and ECERS-E is about the curriculum. It isn't an inspection such as Ofsted would do into teaching, but it does take account of interactions between practitioners and children. Auditors probably won't have a clipboard as such, but they work from a scale booklet looking at every aspect of the provision. This will entail digging around in cupboards, drawers etc to see what resources are available for children to access as well as looking at routines such as snack, rest, health and hygiene.

 

If you're having an audit of your provision you should have received a copy of the Scale book with the explanations of what the auditor will be looking for so that there should be no surprises on the day of your audit. If you haven't got a copy then I would ask for one as part of your audit, or get your school to order a copy!

 

Maz

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Thanks for the link and the very comprehensive list. Are they organised by LEA's or by some other group?

Have not had any info or heard about them until I read it here.

 

Nicky Sussex

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If you can't be bothered to go to the link, here's what they'll be looking at

49 Items organized into 7 Subscales

I'm off to have a look at your link Cait because I don't recognise some of the subscales you listed. :o

 

Ok I see - you've quoted the SACERS scales. SACERS is for children aged 5 to 12, and is obviously different to ECERS which is for children aged to five. I don't have experience with SACERS (yet) but once an auditor is trained to work with ECERS they don't receive extra training necessarily to work with ITERS (up to two and a half) or FCCERS (childminding) - so the scales are broadly similar in organisation and scope.

 

Maz

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Your LEA will have organised either that or EQISP. This one is much better unfortunately my county have chosen EQISP which is a right pain! I have both books and my team really enjoyed looking through the ECERS-E and it led to some brilliant discusion and changes to practice. The EQISP definitely hasn't at all

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We had ours recently and it went really well.

 

Primarily it is a tool that you can use to help you look at your environment. We used the yellow book that Cait's link showed and it is quite self explanatory.

 

Managing space and having freedom to move...ensuring there is a wide range of books fictional and non-fictional? it's not something to worry about, but it can help you to examine how well you do and to think upon how to make it even better.

 

The 'auditors' may look at how your staff are managing to create the experience for the children, but in my experience it's done so positively and nicely that you won't notice anyone there - and that's exactly how it should be.

 

Please don't worry :-)

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It is a really good tool to reflect on your environment and practice and to see how you can develop as well. It was used in the EPPE and REPEY research which is why it is so useful and why it is in the QISP handbook.

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It was used in the EPPE and REPEY research which is why it is so useful and why it is in the QISP handbook.

...and why the EYFS materials recommend it as a quality improvement tool!

 

Maz

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Ok I see - you've quoted the SACERS scales. SACERS is for children aged 5 to 12, and is obviously different to ECERS which is for children aged to five.

 

Maz

 

Surely if it's for reception, this would be the one they'd use?

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Though not in a reception class - we are a pre-school and had our ecers - it was partly based on staff interaction and questionning as well - as our provision - Dot

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Though not in a reception class - we are a pre-school and had our ecers - it was partly based on staff interaction and questionning as well - as our provision - Dot

 

 

But the original question was from someone in reception, which I why I responded with the reception one

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But the original question was from someone in reception, which I why I responded with the reception one

Yes, but MrsL specifically mentioned ECERS which is what threw me. I guess it depends on the age of the children who are in a reception class - they could fall into the realms of both the ECERS or the SACERS remit. It may be that MrsL's LA has decided that for the settings they are to audit, the ECERS is more appropriate.

 

Either way it will enable MrsL to draw up a really detailed action plan of how to develop practice by building on what they are doing well and targeting areas where more support might be needed. A win/win situation, whichever scale is used.

 

Can you see my ECERS anorak from there? :o

 

Maz

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