5th June 2019 — Kingshott School are extremely proud to announce that this week we have been awarded an Early Years Quality Mark. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) was established under the Childcare Act 2006 and is a framework for learning, development and care for children from birth to five. Here at Kingshott it includes the children in our Nursery and Reception year groups.
We recognise that children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. Our children experience a wide range of activities and skills that provide the right foundation for future development as they progress through school and life. Small class sizes ensure that every child is treated as an individual, enabling all teaching staff to pinpoint the next steps in each child's learning journey.
All our staff respond to each child’s individual emerging needs and interests, to support their growth and development through warm and positive interaction. Our aim is to ensure that children enjoy their EYFS experience in the care of skillful and caring staff and make a confident and smooth transition as they move through the school. We share and communicate the child’s learning experiences and developmental milestones by working in partnership with parents.
This national accreditation is awarded to early years providers of any size within the maintained, private, voluntary and independent sector which meet the Quality Mark Standard. The Quality Mark for Early Years promotes and supports the development of young children in their communication, language and early mathematical skills. This is achieved through providing investigative learning opportunities suitable for the stage of development each child has reached, with support from skilled practitioners.
Such a positive start in their early years gives every child the ‘bedrock’ of a good education and sets them up with the skills they need for their future school and adult lives.
To achieve the Quality Mark, Kingshott had to undergo an assessment, carried out by an external accredited assessor, against the 10 ‘Elements’ of the Quality Mark for Early Years framework. These include reviewing young children’s learning needs and planning their next steps, providing safe, stimulating resources and equipment – both indoors and outdoors - and having skilled early years’ practitioners. Positive partnerships with families and effective monitoring and evaluation are also required - particularly to achieve renewal when continuing development must be demonstrated.
We are very proud of the staff for achieving this award as we are one of only two schools in Hertfordshire to gain this accreditation. Thanks must also go the children, parents and greater Kingshott community for their part in this achievement,