Hope Nursery Case Study

A diverse and disadvantaged community comes together.

The Context

 Hope Nursery was established in 2004 and is situated in Hillfields, a disadvantaged area of Coventry. It has a culturally diverse community with many of its children speaking English as an additional language.

 The nursery opens from 8.00am until 6.00pm and there are 65 children on the register. It employs 27 people. Staff retention is good, with the majority of staff having worked there since it opened in 2004, and other staff members having been employed for 6 or 7 years.

The Impact of Achieving Early

The introduction and implementation of Achievement for All’s parental engagement module ‘Taking Time for Talk’ improved the nursery's good relationships with parents even further, leading to more parental engagement. This was evidenced through contributions to children’s Learning Journals, as well as attendance at parent workshops and other pre-school events. There is also evidence that there is increased positive support for children’s learning at home.

The Learning Journals have improved well beyond all expectations. They are now consistent across all phases of the nursery. The quality of observations has risen, documenting significant learning, and information that is both specific and related to the Early Years Foundation Stage. Every Learning Journal includes parental comments.

Nursery Manager, Linda Cramp, has developed her skills to involve more effective data analysis, including the systematic moderation and identification of whole setting/cohort needs. As a result, her practitioners are given further support, and are able to use this information to plan effectively for all children. She is also now able to provide training for staff around areas where data is reporting poorer outcomes.

Linda's leadership and management of the setting has been enhanced by the development of more robust and rigorous processes for monitoring across all areas of the provision. What's more, 100% of staff have been trained in ‘Taking Time for Talk’ with 100% engagement from parents. Linda said: "Achieving Early is the best project we’ve been part of for a very long time."