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  1. GDPR resources

    I would also like to add my thanks to Rebecca and the team for all their hard work in helping to prepare us for GDPR! The help and support from the whole FSF team is invaluable.
  2. Please help

    All done!
  3. Job Vacancy (Permanent) Jumping Jacks at St Jude's (Nursery) St Judes Catholic Primary School Bishopsfield Road Fareham Hampshire Postcode: PO14 1ND We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed person to work with us in our Outstanding setting. You will need a positive attitude and the desire to work to an outstanding level to provide the best possible start for our children. You must have a good understanding of the EYFS and have experience of working with children from 2-4 years. Qualifications: Essential: NVQ Level 3 in Children's Care Learning and Development (or equivalent qualification). Desirable: GCSE Maths, English and ICT Job description: The main duties include: working as part of a team demonstrating good communication skills; acting as a Key Person to a group of nursery children keeping written and computerised records relating to learning and development; working in partnership with parents to inform them of their childs progress; taking part in training to update skills and attend staff meetings; being engaged in continuous, enhanced and adult directed activities to fulfil the requirements of the EYFS; You will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check. References will be sought before interview. Salary details: HCC Scale B (Pay Scale for Support Staff pro rata for 39 weeks) starting from £7.94 per hour. Details of hours of work: Monday to Friday 9am-3pm term time only. Additional hours will also be available to work in the breakfast club and after school club with children aged 2-11 years old. Contact details for applying: Name: Paula Cantillon Tel number: 01329 235131 (Option 1) Email: p.cantillon@st-judes.hants.sch.uk (Please telephone the above number to arrange a visit and collect an application pack.) Closing date for applications: Monday 24 April 2017 Interviews to be held week beginning 1st May 2017
  4. New Statutory Framework published!

    Thank you Rebecca.
  5. Could I have a copy please DevonMaid? ?
  6. First novel for Cait!

    Congratulations Cait. ??
  7. Inspected yesterday- happy to answer any questions

    Fantastic! Congratulations to you and your team! - Oops sorry! I managed to submit this twice. Double congratulations!
  8. Inspected yesterday- happy to answer any questions

    Fantastic! Congratulations to you and your team! ?
  9. Thank you for the link Steve. I have signed it and forwarded it to staff.
  10. The door bell rang today!

    Congratulations! ?
  11. just had...

  12. They have been and gone ....

    Congratulations to you and your team.
  13. Ofsted have been!

    Glad to help! x
  14. Ofsted have been!

    Hi Bubbles The inspector picked out a few children and asked to see their Learning Journey files. She looked at the progress the children had made in relation to their starting points. She wanted to know how we plan for the individual needs of the children and in particular how we identified their next steps. She wanted to know how the Key Person system worked and looked a the PRAMS reports and Individual Learning Plans. She was also very interested in how we supported the children in their Home Learning Environment. As a manager, I talked about how I meet with each Key Person to make judgements on the children and agree on the stage of development when doing assessments. I then talked about how I use the information from the assessments to look at a number of things such as the correlation between the results for boys and girls, children with EAL, individual Key Person results and used this information to provide support where it was required. Thank you Matt, Steve and everyone involved in PRAMS as it is amazing! After the inspection I discovered that the inspector asked similar questions to both the staff and I. She said that it was obvious that the staff were involved in as many decisions as possible and our regular staff meetings ensured that they had time to discuss concerns, share ideas etc. She also said that our parents couldn't speak highly enough of us and felt that all staff were extremely supportive and approachable. She looked at the planning and asked questions to both myself and the staff about how we ensure that the children continually move forward in their learning. The inspector said that the children were very confident and had excellent communication skills and were very active learners. She said that staff were very knowledgeable about how children learn and said that the planning reflected this. She looked at the planned activities such as Key Group time and Letters and Sounds and also looked at our enhancement/next steps sheets and wanted to know how they were used. She didn't miss much. She even commented that all staff got down to the child's height when talking to them and gained eye contact before talking to them. We had recently started to do a 10 minute maths session as this was an area that I felt that staff were not as confident in recording observations or making judgements relating to the development matters. This term, we split the group into two ability groups with half the group doing Letters and Sounds in one room and half in the other room using maths resources and then swopped the groups over after ten minutes. I didn't want the children sitting still for all this time so the maths session consists of the children playing in the room that has a range of resources available with staff focussing on different mathematical concepts. I was quite nervous about the inspector seeing this as it was something we were trialling but thankfully she loved it and said that the children were fully engaged and had a wide range of resources available to them. The children love the sessions and are making good progress. The staff are also feeling more confident and I am hearing more mathematical language from both the staff and children. She was also impressed with the Letters and Sounds sessions. The inspector asked me questions about recruitment and how we went about this. She also asked several safeguarding questions to both myself and the staff about 'What would you do if...' She wanted to know about our action plans. I kept wanting to show her physical evidence but she was more interested in the fact that I could tell her what we were going to do next and the fact that the staff were fully informed as well. She said that staff use high quality teaching methods to support and challenge children's learning. One of our children went over to the inspector and said 'Would you like to look at my special book?' The inspector spent quite a bit of time with this child and said that she enjoyed talking to her about what she enjoyed doing at nursery. As you can probably tell, I've only read the report about a million times and I am so proud of what we have all achieved. We had a member of the committee there and the inspector spoke to her for quite some time and said that the committee feel that we work well together and they feel fully informed. The inspector said that she hadn't highlighted anything for the section 'To further improve the quality...' She asked if we had any suggestions. We said that we wanted to continue to work on our outdoor area and put safety flooring down etc. We are based in a school so it it an ongoing battle! She said that she would put that down as we already had an action plan for that - she said that she didn't want to make more work for us! In hindsight, I'm not sure if this was just a very happy dream! Sorry for the long post! Paula