It’s that busy time of year and the clock is ticking to complete a list of things to do. Some top tips for you to consider as the year draws to an end.
1. End of term is nigh
As the term comes to an end consider setting up activities where children are fully involved in washing up the resources and then sorting them as they replace them back in their original containers. Not only will this teach vital life skills but it will equip them with understanding the importance of looking after resources and a whole wealth of other leaning opportunities. Examples include, sorting, comparing, talking about similarities and differences, responsibility, pride and care – enjoy!
2. Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP) data
Now you have your Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP) data, remember to analyse this information and use it to support children’s transition to Y1 and key changes to the provision. Make time to meet your Y1 teacher and discuss each child’s individual attainment and the strengths of the whole class. It is important that during this time Y1 practitioners have ample opportunity to visit your EYFS to get to know the children and experiences that children engage in. As Diane Rich states – ‘look back to look head.’
Maximise the use of end of term open evenings/days/events to showcase and celebrate the learning throughout the year. Provide time to reminisce on all those special and magical moments that led to wonderful discoveries and learning. You may want to take photos of end of term events and displays to create a ‘book of memories’.
With your transition activities now underway don’t forget to maximise the use of the information received from parents, previous settings, by meeting and talking to children to make adaptations to your learning environment so that you are fully ready and prepared to welcome your new cohort at the beginning of the new academic year.
Have you seen HfL’s cohort summary sheet which will help you to collate pertinent information for the new incoming cohort: EYFS entry cohort summary
5. Signpost parents to local events being run over the summer by family centres and other agencies.
Family centre services and support – including details of the 11 hubs:
0300 123 7572
6. Disadvantaged and Vulnerable groups (D&V)
Consider using Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) funding to ensure good information sharing practices are in place to support smooth transitions for disadvantaged children by arranging cover for staff so that thorough handover meetings can take place.
Review the impact of resources and interventions that you have put into place this year to see if they have impacted on progress and/or closed the gap between Free School Meals (FSM) and non-FSM children. What changes will you make as a result?
To help you, have you seen our ‘Making the Difference Early Years toolkit’? If you would like a free copy and find out more about how to improve outcomes for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups in the early years then come along to our two part training: ‘Effective use of the Early Years Pupil Premium - improving outcomes for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups in the EYFS’
7. Time to declutter
As Early years practitioners we become very good at acquiring a wealth of resources, some that prove to be like ‘treasure’ and some that stack up and don’t get used. Or there are those that have taken up space in the learning environment for years and hardly accessed by children. You may already have identified these or are thinking ‘yes, I know which ones they are…’ Time to make that change and de-clutter.
When thinking about new the cohort, reviewing, making changes and setting up your learning environment, consider the use of our multi award winning resource Places to Play Every Day (3-5 year olds) for some inspiration and tools to help audit your provision.
8. Looking ahead
Find a moment to map out the first week in the autumn term with your team to help the settling in process so that everyone is clear of their roles to help children and families have a happy, welcoming and enjoyable start.
9. Ofsted September 2019
The new Ofsted inspection process will commence in September with a heightened focus on the intent, implementation and impact of the curriculum summarised within the new judgement area ‘quality of education’.
- Download a copy of the May 2019 Early Years inspection handbook (EIF)
- Download a copy of the May 2019 School inspection handbook Section 5 (EIF)
- Download a copy of the May 2019 School inspection handbook Section 8 (EIF)
To support you to understand the changes for Early Years consider attending our Getting to grips with the new Ofsted Framework in Early Years training course on Tuesday 24th September.
10. Reflect, relax and unwind
Lastly, your wellbeing is of absolute paramount. So as this busy term draws to an end, take time to reflect and review on the year with what has gone well and makes you feel proud. Take time to thank your team and all those that helped to make a difference including yourself. Most importantly enjoy the summer break and rest in preparation for the new term. An exciting new journey awaits with a new cohort to begin in September.
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