Hub case study: Sheringham Nursery School

Hub case study
and questions
Dr Julian Grenier
Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre
Key facts about Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre •  We are an integrated Children’s Centre and Nursery School with 90 =e places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds (180 children in total). Key facts about Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre •  We are in Newham, with a very high rate of child poverty: one of the top 10 most deprived boroughs naJonally. •  36.5% of families are economically inacJve. •  Nearly one in four adults have no qualificaJons and one in ten do not speak English proficiently. Key facts about Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre (2) •  Mobility is high (25% last year). •  We work hard to engage with the community and build on its strengths, using an asset-­‐based development model. This includes a strong focus on parent involvement in children’s learning and a formal volunteer programme. •  An example of one of our projects:­‐years-­‐and-­‐
primary Key facts about Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre (3) •  The school and early years provision were both judged to be Outstanding in summer 2014 Why become a hub? •  Our offer is rigid: part-­‐Jme morning/
a=ernoon places. We wanted to explore how we could meet the needs and wants of the community be\er. Why become a hub? (2) •  We wanted to improve outcomes for all children across our local area, working systemically to improve the quality of our provision alongside other se]ngs, schools and childminders. Processes we went through •  The Hub project was discussed with the LA – we wanted this to fit in strategically with early years improvement work in Newham. •  It was discussed with the Governing Body. •  We worked closely with 4Children to ensure we could meet eligibility requirements as we saw this as central to our strategic development. Successes •  The key successes we can demonstrate are around improving quality Successes (2) •  By Ofsted raJngs, Newham has the poorest quality early years provision in England; but in our reach area, we are showing a significant improvement. Ofsted outcomes Sheringham Hub area: se]ngs 80 70 70 67 66 60 57 50 % Outstanding % Good 40 % Requires Improvement/SaJsfactory 29 30 % Inadequate 23 20 15 18 15 14 13 10 4 3 7 0 0 England London Newham 0 Sheringham Network area Sheringham Hub area: childminders 80 69 70 66 64 60 50 50 % Inadequate 43 % SaJsfactory/RI 40 % Good % Outstanding 30 24 23 22 20 8 10 10 9 5 1 2 2 0 Sheringham Newham London England Quality ma\ers •  It ma\ers for children and families now and over the long term •  The benefit of a\ending pre-­‐school equate to 41 more points at GCSE, the equivalent to gaining seven B grades at GCSE, rather than seven C grades. •  A key finding from the latest report is the likely return to society of invesJng in early educaJon, because a\ending a pre-­‐school had a posiJve impact on how well children did at school, which in turn can be used to predict future lifeJme earnings. •  Source: EPPSE Report­‐3-­‐to-­‐14-­‐years Quality ma\ers (2) •  Further analysis carried out by the InsJtute of Fiscal Studies shows that children who a\end pre-­‐school will be £26,800 be\er off over their working lives, or around £36,000 for an average household. This was calculated to equate to a benefit to the Exchequer of £16,000 per household. Source: Nursery World­‐world/news/1146477/
eppse-­‐research-­‐pre-­‐school-­‐leads-­‐gsce-­‐grades Learning from other hubs •  We have developed our website, so that it gives parents informaJon about available childcare locally www.sheringham-­‐ •  We are improving informaJon for parents, especially to support those with a child with special needs or a disability. •  We are in the middle of a big project focussed on transiJon, aimed at helping the whole local network to work be\er together. Challenges •  Time and focus. •  Increasing the amount of childcare and access to it has proved more challenging than we anJcipated. •  Economic/housing/benefits issues o=en prove formidable barriers. •  A major strategy to engage with these barriers is the further development of our volunteer programme, working with AcJve Newham, including a Childcare Champions project Some of the successes Manor Park Talks, our networked project to improve children’s early communicaJon led to a highly successful conference and publicaJon, available from Early EducaJon www.early-­‐­‐
park-­‐talks Conference with Health Visitors •  4Children supported us in organising a local conference for Children’s Centre/nursery staff and health visitors to agree ways forward for further integraJon of health and educaJon services. •  Over 100 people a\ended. Advice for other schools and se]ngs •  Consider how this will enhance your work to improve quality and beware loss of focus •  Spend Jme talking to others: the LA, your local Children’s Centre, local se]ngs and childminders, etc. •  Use the opportuniJes to learn from other hubs and from the link with 4Children