Evaluation of the project focused on developing and improving the quality of provision for 2 year olds

In Autumn 2014/Spring 2015, the Early Years Team worked with Kate Young to deliver a programme of specialised training to practitioners involved in the Two Year Old Early Learning Programme, with a focus on developing and improving the quality of provision for 2 year olds. Participating settings were targeted as being in an OFSTED category or in receipt of capital grant funding to expand their 2 year old provision.

Through a cyclical programme of training, tasks and peer support covering quality environments, communication and language/quality interactions and working in partnership with parents and other professionals this course was well received by the participating and buddy settings involved, with 95% of practitioners attending all the training, indicating their Manager's commitment to the project. The full report and appendices from this project can be found as downloads from this page.

Key Highlights from the Practitioners assessment of the Project

  • 85% of practitioners felt very confident that the organisation of their room supported children's independence and free choice, an increase of 60% from the start of the project
  • 85% of practitioners felt very confident that the interactions between staff and children in their rooms was good and supported children's language and learning
  • 90% of practitioners felt very or reasonably confident that their routines and access to inside/outside (free flow) did not interrupt children's free play
  • 100% of practitioners found the methodology (a combination of training and peer support) very or fairly effective
  • 90% of practitioners felt that the quality in their 2's room had improved either a fair bit or a lot as a result of the project

Key Highlights from the Buddies assessment of the Project

  • 86% of buddies found the methodology of the project very effective
  • 100% of buddies and managers of buddy's settings found Kate Young's initial visit to their setting as fairly or very effective. In this initial quality assessment, settings were able to make changes before the start of the project
  • 100% of the buddies felt the project had impacted on their setting as a whole, either a fair bit or a lot

The way forwards...

The buddies involved in this project focusing on the 2's room continue to meet and welcome visitors to their settings to discuss the good practice they model and building on the successes of this project, in future there could be consideration for developing a similar programme for the pre-school room, focusing on children aged 3 - 5 years. It is expected that such a programme would focus on quality, supporting extension and challenge, problem solving and getting children ready for school. We will of course keep you updated so watch this space for more information!

For more information, please contact trish.ochrombel@nottinghamcity.gov.uk