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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Early Years training providers for Wolverhampton LEA.
Outstanding Ofsted report for daycare provision and nursery
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
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
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
Delivery of Ofsted registered day-care alongside maintained
Practitioner support to Primary Schools, private and voluntary
settings and childminder networks through Early Excellence
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
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
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
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
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
Very successful whole Centre Ofsted Inspection (February 07)