EYFS – Maintaining Ofsted Outstanding

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Latorraca, Silvia
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ISCED Level 0 Early childhood education
ISCED Level 1 Primary education
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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The main aim of this development work was to maintain an outstanding Ofsted grade, increase the percentage of children attaining "good" at the end of EYFS, and increase the percentage of children making better than expected progress from Nursery to Reception.

The participants are 26 full-time children in Nursery, 30 children in Reception, a class teacher, a Nursery Nurse, a Teaching Assistant, and a mid-day meals supervisor. We foster a positive attitude in our learners, create a rich and stimulating learning environment, plan for different paces of learning, use high quality texts to introduce topics, and model behaviours and attitudes to learning.

The main findings are that the EYFS maintained an outstanding Ofsted grade, with children making at least good and often outstanding progress from their starting points. Staff are skilled in moving children's progress on at a fast pace and creating a rich and stimulating learning experience.

The findings suggest that by providing a stimulating learning environment, engaging activities, and effective communication between staff, children can make rapid progress and become confident, independent learners. This leads to a smoother transition from home to school and better preparation for Year 1.
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transition , early childhood education , primary education
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