Case study - Hope Nursery

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


The introduction and implementation of Achievement for All’s parental engagement module ‘Taking Time for Talk’ improved the already good relationships with parents further, and has led to more parental engagement evidenced through contributions to children’s Learning Journals and 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 which is specific and related to the EYFS. Every learning journal includes parental comments.

The manager has developed her skill in more effective data analysis, including systematic moderation and identification of whole setting/cohort needs. This has enabled her to support practitioners to use the information to plan effectively for all children, and she is able to provide training for staff around areas where the data is reporting poorer outcomes.

The manager’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, and embedding this firmly within their performance management.

100% of staff have been trained in ‘Taking Time for Talk’ with 100% engagement from parents.

Linda Cramp, Nursery Manager said: "Achieving Early is the best project we’ve been part of for a very long time."