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					     BILSTON NURSERY SCHOOL EARLY EXCELLENCE CENTRE

                  CHILDREN FIRST AND FOREMOST



INFORMATION ABOUT THE CENTRE


WHAT IS AN EARLY EXCELLENCE CENTRE?

The Early Excellence Centre programme was established in 1997 as part
of the Government’s strategy for raising standards, increasing
opportunity, supporting families, reducing social exclusion, addressing
child poverty and improving the health of the nation.

There are 107 Early Excellence Centres across England, each with the
additional remit of raising the quality of local early year’s provision and
disseminating good practice through training and exemplification of
integrated provision.

WHAT IS A CHILDREN’S CENTRE?

Bilston Nursery School Early Excellence Centre was designated as a
Children’s Centre in March 2006. Children’s Centres provide childcare for
children aged 0-5 years, family support, access to health support, training
opportunities and information on services in the area.

DESCRIPTION OF BILSTON NURSERY SCHOOL EARLY EXCELLENCE
CENTRE.

Bilston Nursery School Early Excellence Centre is situated in Bilston,
West Midlands, within one of the 10% most deprived wards nationally.
Free school meals entitlement within the ward runs at 40.2% compared
with Wolverhampton’s average of 24.4%.

The nursery school opened in 2000 and the Headteacher took up
appointment in May 2001. Application to the Early Excellence Centre
Programme was successful and the nursery school joined the programme
in 2002. A programme of renovation of the building and site was
developed, which started in April 2002 and finished in January 2006.
Bilston Nursery School Early Excellence Centre offers a model of high
quality practice in providing ‘joined up thinking’. It offers examples of
one-stop shops where families and children can have access to high
quality, integrated care and education services delivered by multi-agency
partners.

On-site there is a local education authority nursery school, which
provides a 40 place Nursery for children aged 3 to 5 years and is Ofsted
registered for 40 all year round daycare places for 3-5 year olds.
Daycare provision for 18 children aged 0-3 years, stay and play sessions
and family learning programmes.       Off site at the Outreach Crèche
children aged 0 to 3 years are served through crèche provision, stay and
play sessions and family learning programmes. The crèche is Ofsted
registered for 18 0-3 years’ daycare places.

Service delivery at the centre is funded through the Local Authority. The
centre provides high quality education and care for children aged 0 to 5
years and their families, ensuring that children are always FIRST AND
FOREMOST and that parents receive the support and information they
need to provide the best possible learning experience for their children.

Bilston Nursery School Early Excellence Centre facilitates and provides
training to match the training and development needs of practitioners
identified through the Early Years Development and Childcare
Partnership.



WHAT DOES BILSTON NURSERY SCHOOL EARLY EXCELLENCE
CENTRE AIM TO PROVIDE?

Bilston Nursery School Early Excellence Centre aims to provide the
following core activities:

      The provision of all year round high quality integrated early
       education and day care for young children.
      Opportunities for parental and carer involvement in the education
       and care of children, e.g. family learning programmes.
      Support services for parents and carers of children, e.g. home
       support, drop in services.
      Effective early identification and intervention for children in need
       and children with special educational rights.
       Access to adult education and training by parents of young children
        and other adults.
       Dissemination of good practice in delivering high quality integrated
        education and care.



BILSTON NURSERY             SCHOOL      EARLY     EXCELLENCE       CENTRE
PHILOSOPHY


At Bilston Nursery School Early Excellence Centre we have spent time
thinking about what matters most. We have many deep principles that we
are always pleased to discuss. These are:

 We value everyone in the School and are committed to treating all
  children and adults with equal respect.
 We are very determined to focus on the individual needs of children.
 We care greatly for children’s social and emotional needs and believe
  they determine children’s attitude towards learning.
 We are always positive about children and are determined to develop
  ways of working that promote their high self-esteem.
 We want children to develop a positive attitude towards learning, to
  be curious and eager to learn.
 We are very determined to support children and parents working
  together. The more we work together the more we will achieve.
 We are very determined to support our parents and local communities
  with their Pre-School provision needs.


ACHIEVEMENTS    OF           BILSTON      NURSERY       SCHOOL       EARLY
EXCELLENCE CENTRE:

Experience of the early year’s sector:
    Representing Early Excellence Centre Heads in children’s centre
      consultations with Dfes and Ministers.
    Associate lecturers in Early Years at the Faculty of Education
      University of Wolverhampton.
    Early Years Consultant to Sandwell EYDCP providing Birth to Three
      training.
    Early Years training providers for Wolverhampton LEA.
    Outstanding Ofsted report for daycare provision and nursery
      school provision.
Contribution as part of a local authority team in the development and
implementation of early education initiatives:
    Establishing a management team at Early Excellence Centre to
      deliver Wolverhampton’s early years priorities.
    Strategic involvement in Wolverhampton’s Maintained Nursery
      School Development Plan.
    Strategic involvement in Wolverhampton’s children centre working
      group.
    EYDCP representative for Sure Start local programme.
    Partnership of EYDCP quality and standards task group.

Knowledge of the working of local authorities:
    Representing the LEA at NCSL and maintained nursery schools
      governance conferences.
    Establishment of a governing body at the Early Excellence Centre.
    Management of a delegated school budget.
    Knowledge of local authority auditing systems as evidenced by
      successful audit in 2003.

Understanding of the diversity of government-funded foundation
stage education:
    Delivery of Ofsted registered day-care alongside maintained
      nursery provision.
    Practitioner support to Primary Schools, private and voluntary
      settings and childminder networks through Early Excellence
      Centre.

Current developments in implementing the foundation stage and
supporting the Sure Start agenda of bringing together services for
young children and families:
    Establishment of a special projects committee at Early Excellence
      Centre to deliver Children’s Centre core offer in partnership with
      health, Sure Start Local Programme, Social Services, CIS and adult
      education.
    Implementing observations gained from study tours to Sweden and
      to Reggio Emilia to refine policy and practice at the Early
      Excellence Centre and ensure an integrated service.
Constructive working relationships with local authority staff to
improve the quality of training; teaching and learning in early years
settings:
    Partnership with Wolverhampton LEA and EYDCP to provide
      training and an exemplar of good practice in Early Years.
    Good working relationships with a variety of local authorities
      including Birmingham, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.
    Working partnership with Wolverhampton Sure Start Local
      programme managers.

Experience and expertise, which affords credibility within
organisations with responsibilities in early year’s education:
    Early Years Educator Awards 2003 - Nursery Manager of the Year.
    Artworks - Young Artist of the Year Award 2003.
    Dfes inclusion pilot video Nov 2003 demonstrating effective
      inclusion within the Early Excellence Centre.
    School Achievement Award 2001/2 and 2002/3.
    Successful ‘Awards For All’ lottery bid for an artist in residence.
    Early Years Educator Awards 2004 - Early Years Setting of the
      Year
    Early Years Educator Awards 2004 - second prize Outdoor Setting
      of the Year
    Investors In People (achieved 2005)
    Basic Skills Award Achieved March 2006
    Very successful Daycare Ofsted Inspection (March 05/Dec06/Feb
      07)
    Very successful whole Centre Ofsted Inspection (February 07)

				
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