Poppies Nursery Group

Incorporating Poppies and Poppyfields

Our Commitment to Partnership with Parents/ Carers

We feel it vitally important to engage parents/carers in their child’s care and education and we value the experiences and knowledge children gain at home. Parents are their child’s first and most important educator, providing a role model, family experiences, knowledge, values and beliefs.

We encourage sharing of this information during many ways; your induction, cultural capital questionnaire, via red books and by offering daily opportunity to discuss any achievements or concerns. Parents are also invited to share areas of development for inclusion in planning, and complete assessments and observations at home which your key person will use to support future planning. We also provide regular opportunity for parents to appraise the quality of our setting through questionnaires.

We have a comprehensive Policy File, display information on the Parents Notice board; your keyperson, staff qualifications and roles, Ofsted Registration, Insurance, complaints procedures and useful information. We also provide regular newsletters, Ideas for Home, and opportunity to spend time in the setting with staff to see first-hand how children develop knowledge through play-based activities based on the Early Years Foundation Stage.

We feel partnership and communication with our families are at the heart of our practice. We are always here to discuss any queries or questions, even when it seems busy, such as at the beginning or end of a session. We have a quiet, confidential area away from children where we may go to chat in peace, or if you prefer we are always willing to come and visit your home or arrange a longer, mutually convenient time for discussion.

We look forward to enjoying our invaluable partnership with you!

Poppies Nursery Group

Incorporating Poppies and Poppyfields

Self-Evaluation (SEF) Plan – Rationale for Sept 2021-July 2022

Each term we will evaluate our commitment to the EYFS (Sept 21) to ensure we optimise our provision. This will include planning, monitoring of children’s development, partnership with parents and outside agencies and staff training. In addition, issues relevant to meet the needs of the children, families and staff which become apparent through observations, parent discussions and children’s needs will be included.


Staff Training & SEF input

Partnership with parents/carers

EYFS/ Development Matters

Over-arching planning to ensure all areas of the EYFS are offered to our children

Reflective logs from all staff relating to their personal experiences at the setting

Overview of children’s learning to develop parents’ awareness of how children learn

To evaluate children’s development in each Prime & Specific Area

In the moment planning to capture children’s current interests

Narrative observation- directly related to EYFS/ EYFS staff awareness assessments

Parents to receive copy of Assessment Check for 2 year olds when completed. Parents to receive Termly Update of child’s development.

To pilot new Learning Journey in line with EYFS review 09/21

Visitors from the community to promote understanding of cultural diversity relating to festivals.

Inclusion development programme training

Quality questionnaires

To form Action Plans to ensure optimum planning.

SEND; play plans delivered and reviewed.

SWOT areas to be completed by all staff

Parent mail

To monitor all groups to ensure development is supported

Audit: Well-being files, Learning Journeys, Policies

Talk for Talk staff paired observations

Rationale, Aims and Objectives

Next Steps & Letters & Sounds

EAL Champion: to ensure families with EAL are supported/ audit of provision.

Behavioural Management


Settling in observations

Supporting Oral Health/ healthy eating

Transition meetings with Lower schools and children’s next settings

What’s it like for a child here? To be completed by all staff termly

Dojo communication platform

To support children with SEND

Monthly meetings with the Heads of Lower Schools to ensure partnership between our establishments remains optimum.

Why children need risk and challenge to learn how to stay safe.

Fund-raising events

To promote communication, speech and language.

2 yr & 3 yr old ‘officers’ to support & promote age appropriate policies & procedures plus audit of this provision.

Staff ongoing CPD- min of three training courses per academic year

Holiday care offer

Undertake training on new EYFS framework

Monthly MAG meetings

6 monthly appraisal & CPD monitoring

Ideas for parents at home

Cascade EYFS changes to staff

Audit H & S files

Monthly well-being & mentoring session

Coffee morning/walk/buddy scheme

Support parents to help them support child development

Shared planning with other settings who share the care of our children.

Safeguarding Training annually

Community support with The Need Project for families in need

Cultural Capital support

Confidence-building training

Support/ liaise with Children’s centre on family’s behalf

Community events; tree festival, sports day, open day, nativity

Paediatric First Aid

Support Multi Agency Working with families

Covid-19 policy and procedures

Staff communication assessments

Parent/carer contributions to child’s Learning Journey