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ANNUAL REPORT TO PARENTS
Local Authority Governor
There are currently vacancies for 2 Co-opted Governors and a Local Authority Governor
Clerk to the Governing Body
c/o Pastures Way Nursery School
Governors Annual Report to Parents July 2017
Letter from the Chair of Governors
Dear Parents & Carers
At the beginning of the academic year the Governing Body was fully complete with the addition of new governors with a variety of skills and who share an interest in early years education and childcare services. We are required to enhance the effectiveness and monitor the progress and attainment of all children who attend the school.
This Governing Body has worked hard in what for us has been a challenging year for the school as we were faced with implementing the Government changes to the funding formula that maintained nurseries receive regarding early years funding. We have also seen the revised Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which was started in April. This outlines the learning, development, assessment and safeguarding with welfare requirements that all early years providers must meet to ensure children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.
We have also confirmed the permanent appointment of Headteacher Emma Pobjoy who we warmly congratulate and wish her every success in post. I know Emma is already planning to take the school forward and is developing new projects and along with her dedicated staff team will continue to ensure that every child matters in their learning and development. My gratitude on behalf of governors goes to all staff for what they do as individuals and as a united team. Emma with staff will continue to work closely and in conjunction with governors who will be better informed to challenge and support all aspects of school life.
The Governing body looking forward is mindful that very soon we will be inspected by Ofsted. We will continue to measure and test the evidence of good practice against the performance criteria that we as a school will be judged on and ensure the continued sustainability of the school. We will continue to offer good levels of staffing and resources for our school, irrespective of planned budget cuts from Central Government.
Finally, if your child is about to leave the Nursery for Primary Schooling we wish them well as they continue onwards in their education. Like you we are sure they will continue to grow, learn and develop in many ways. For those children who will be returning in September we look forward to seeing you and your child again.
If you would like to be a part of the school as a governor or have any questions you would like to ask me or put forward to the Governing Body then please do not hesitate to get in touch via the school office.
As Chair of Governors, I would like to thank all those who help and support the School, our Staff, Parents, Carers, our Partnership agencies and Governors.
Chair of Governors
Headteacher’s Report to Parents, July 2017
This year staff have been focusing on improving outcomes across the curriculum. We have worked hard to develop a personalised planning system focused on every child’s next steps and we hope you can see the benefits this has had on your child’s development. For more information about how we plan for your children please speak to your key person.
We have continued on our journey to deliver a Values Based Curriculum and this year we have narrowed our values down to three which we hold important to aid children’s personal, social and emotional development. By limiting the number of values we teach we hope to really be able to embed them in all we do at nursery. Our values are friendship, respect and self-belief. These are incorporated in teaching around the nursery and work well alongside British Values which are a statutory part of the curriculum.
Pupil premium is extra funding from the government and works out at £300 per eligible child per year. We use this money to enhance the experiences of those children in a number of ways. This year we have used it to pay for Forest School Sessions, trips to the theatre and music sessions. We try are hardest to ensure that the money is well spent and that we get best value so next year we will be asking parents for their input on how we use the money as well as using it to ensure staff receive training.
At the start of the summer term we reduced the number of focused group sessions we had with the children. We did this to prevent interruptions in the children’s play based learning as research shows progress is better when children have longer periods of uninterrupted play. We are still judging the impact of this and would be pleased to hear any feedback you have.
We have had a number of changes to staff this year. The biggest being my appointment as headteacher! I wish to take this opportunity to thank both staff and parents for their continued support and well wishes. I look forward to working with the school community on our continuing development.
Maria joined our Senior Leadership Team at the start of the summer term and we look forward to seeing the new ideas she brings to the role of SENCO.
Our Middle Leaders have worked hard this year to support their classes and have done a great job at raising standards.
It is a pleasure to work with all the staff at Pastures Way, their commitment to the school and their hard work does not go unnoticed and for this I thank them.
I was touched at the hard work of the staff and parents who fundraised for Fiona’s Story Garden. Everyone really pulled together and worked tirelessly to create this amazing space which I know Fiona would be proud of. It is a beautiful area and I know children will enjoy using it as much as we enjoyed creating it.
We have many great things to focus on next year including school improvement projects around EYPP, teaching and learning and community involvement. We shall also be redecorating the nursery and using the ‘Tesco Bags of Funding’ to make further improvements to our outdoor area.
It is that time of year again when we say goodbye to those children starting school in September, we wish them lots of luck. For the rest of you we will look forward to welcoming you back in September when the fun, excitement and learning will continue.
Number on Roll: (as at May ’17 Census)
Babies : 15
2- 5’s : 202
Financial Period 16/17
Combined Expenditure for Education,
Childcare & Meadows Children’s Centre
|Other Staff Expenses||
|Development & Training||
|Learning Resources (not ICT)||
£48 Red Nose Day
£94.88 Children in Need
£100 Friends of Sankuru
Pastures Way Nursery School does not operate a catchment area. On leaving, children transfer to a wide range of schools, amongst them are; Southfields, St Martin de Porres, Ferrars, Chantry, Cheynes, Richmond Hill, Lady Zia Wernher, Warden Hill and St. Josephs
The school underwent a very successful Ofsted Inspection in March 2014 for education and February 2015 for childcare. Reports are available for parents and carers, from the office or downloaded from our website www.pastureswaynursery.com
The school has a comprehensive Health & Safety policy and has introduced a range of measures to improve security for adults and children.
The building has 2 entry points which are controlled from within the reception area. The site is protected by a high fence, car park barrier and cctv.
Children are to be collected only by known parents/carers.
There are telephone links within the building.
Children with Special Educational Needs
Pastures Way Nursery School is a fully inclusive setting. We are a resourced provision for a small number of children with severe and complex needs. Our policy is to ensure equality of opportunity for all our children.
A number of the most relevant policies regarding educational and day to day practices are available to view on the website and on request from the office. Policies are updated on a rolling programme.
Freedom of Information Act
A publication scheme setting out all the information we publish and where to find it is available on request.
Smoking is not permitted in the school or its boundaries at any time.
Mobile Phone Policy
In the interesting of safeguarding children, it is not permitted to use your mobile phone in nursery.
Issues Addressed by the Governing Body in the year April 2016 – March 2017
1. Property/Health & Safety
- Access For the Disabled
- Accident Statistics (termly)
- Health & Safety Inspection
- School Security
- Capital Projects
- Community Use of Premises
- Implementing New Contracts
- Health & Safety Policy
- Budget Setting Monitoring
- Staff welfare including monitoring of absences
- Performance Management of Headteacher
- Staff Training & Professional Development
- Scale of Charges
- Monitor of;Register of Gifts & Hospitality Log, Theft/Fraud & Concerns Log
- Financial Implications of School Plan
- Capital Projects
- Schools Financial Value Standards
- National Benchmarking
- Appointment of Headteacher
3. Curriculum/SEN Learning Support
· School Plan – termly monitoring of progress
- Governor focussed visits
Achievements and Targets
· Curriculum Priorities
· School Self Evaluation Form
· Special Educational Needs
· Safeguarding & Looked After Children
Continuing Professional Development
The school has a comprehensive programme of Appraisal. We arrange high quality training for staff on a regular basis to contribute to the needs of the school and for their own development.
Training and Professional Development April 16 – March 17
Training has been undertaken by staff representatives in the following areas:-
|Paediatric First Aid||Beginners Makaton|
|OFSTED Best Practice||Inspirational Leaders|
|5 to Thrive||Designated Safeguarding Officer|
|Legionella/Asbestos||Mental Health 1st Aid|
|5 to Thrive||HENRY – Obesity Training|
|Early Years Pupil Premium||Family Worker Conference|
|Developing Leadership Skills||Observation Skills|
|Approaches to promote Positive Behaviour||Safeguarding level 1|
|Developing Healthy Lifestyles in Early years||Signs 4 Feelings|
|Effective Self Evaluation in Early Years||Mini Bus Driver|
|WRAP Train the Trainer||Food Hygiene|
|Developing a Love of Reading & Writing||Raising Boys Attainment|
|OFSTED Best Practice||Common childhood Illnesses|
|Headteacher Well Being Programme||New Early Years Assessment Tool|
|Luton Assessment Tracking System||Maths REAL training|
|Family Food First||Making Music in Early Years|
|Emotional Wellbeing of Looked After Children||2 Year Progress Checking|
- Training undertaken by governors include; Induction Training, Safeguarding, Governor Hub, Understanding Data, Pupil Premium
Welcome to Pastures Way
Here you will find nursery education, as well as full day care provision, available in our well- resourced, purpose built, modern building.
We provide a creative curriculum and offer children exciting, challenging and first-hand experiences. We take part in artistic and creative projects. We also have a wonderful garden giving children lots of opportunities to play and learn through nature. We take part in Luton’s annual Veg Fest gardening festival.
To access information on the EARLY YEARS PUPIL PREMIUM please click on the curriculum tab at the top of the page
To view our POLICY ON BRITISH VALUES either click on policies at the bottom of this page or on policies in the drop down menu under the heading ‘Our Nursery’
OFSTED (2014) says: ‘A wide range of activities are planned creatively by staff. The outside areas and staff expertise allow children to learn about the world around them. Wonderful projects mean children learn to paint and draw in the style of famous artists. Children achieve well and make good progress in learning key skills such as reading, mathematics, physical development and in language and communication skills.’
Behaviour and Safety
We value all children and encourage them to reach their full potential by giving them time and space to explore, experiment and develop.
OFSTED (2014) says:
‘The behaviour of children is outstanding because staff manage each child using very positive approaches. Children’s safety is a very important priority for the school and so they are kept safe outstandingly well. The children’s self-confidence improves enormously because staff manage them in very positive ways and encourage them to try new things. Provision for children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding and children develop an outstanding respect for people from different countries and backgrounds.’
Families First Quality Award
Our nursery recently achieved the Families First Quality Award provided by the Family and Childcare Trust through the National Association of Family Information Services (NAFIS).
Our assessor said “The team has developed a close relationship and understanding of the community it serves in the Lewsey Farm area of Luton. The process has shown a range of activities that embrace families across generations in respect to education and holistic wellbeing. We found the school welcomed all families and positively challenged them using advocacy where needed, to become a vital source of assistance to vulnerable parents. Feedback from the users of the Nursery has led directly to positive change including areas for parent meetings and online information. This ongoing review and development of services is a true reflection of the team, it’s management and it’s attitude to the local area”.
We believe that parents are crucial to children’s progress and strive to develop a close partnership between home and nursery from the beginning.
Would You Like More information?
Please look around our website or come in and ask our friendly office staff for more information.
Contact us on 01582 600 691 and ask for Debra King or CLICK HERE to email us.
The freedom of information act requires publicy funded bodies, including schools, to be clear about the information they publish.
We have produced a publication scheme setting out all the information we publish on a regular basis and where to find it. Ask the school office to let you see the scheme or provide you with a paper copy free of charge.
Admissions for 2 year funded children
Children who have been granted 2 year funding will be admitted the term after their 2nd birthday, under the following criteria:-
- Children already attending day care
- Vulnerable children, living in Luton, referred by other agencies e.g. social care, health visitors etc.
- Children living in Luton with special educational needs
- Children transferring into Luton already accessing a 2 year funded place
- Any other children living Luton
- Any other children living outside the area
Admissions for 3-5 year olds
Children are offered Nursery Education places the term after their 3rd birthday. They may stay with us until the end of the term in which they are 5.
Children are offered Education places at Pastures Way Nursery School in order of registration with priority given to children who:
- already attend day care with us
- are brothers and sisters of present or past pupils
- are transferring into the area from other schools
- have severe and complex needs
- have other urgent need or circumstances