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Lu 2010
28-08-2018, 09:43 AM

I have 2 children that go to nursery every day from 9-3 so we only have them for a couple of hours per day, how much is expected of us in terms of observations and paperwork, I try to communicate with the nurseries to coordinate our learning with theirs but just wondering how much Ofsted would be expecting in their learning journals.


28-08-2018, 12:18 PM
There’s no right answer really! And no set expectation.
I try to look at it the other way round. The purpose of observing a child is purely to see where they are and how you can help them progress , and keep offering things that suit both their needs and interests at a given time. We do i it constantly , without thinking often , and certainly without writing it down. So as long as the child is progressing , happy and enjoying your environment then you know you’re observing , no need for the paperwork! That said wee all worry about ofsted and individual inspectors who may have set ways ....The paperwork panic sets in and we write up something....no benefit to anyone but it calms our worries!

29-08-2018, 04:43 PM
I have a scrapbook for each child under the age of 5. These are used for LJs for the younger ones; and then, those who only come after school ( including Nursery ) I make the odd note of what they've done, something they were interested in, photos of artwork/sculptures/construction etc, comments from teachers etc. It gives me something concrete to look at and its nice for the parents too!

01-09-2018, 08:02 AM
I use my play plan for all children in the early years - part-time and full time.

It doesn't take me long and it allows me to track progress.

I have shared it here - Sarah's Blog: Planning for play and learning (http://knutsfordchildminding.blogspot.com/2016/05/planning-for-play-and-learning.html)

Hope that helps :D

02-09-2018, 04:07 PM
Hello Sarah, I noticed in you're 'planning and playing' that you have put you have a copy of the early years outcome in ever child's folder that the inspector noticed. This is so, so much printing!!!! is it necessary isn't one copy enough?