Joined a great Network of other EYILs and attended training programmes to support my own development becoming an EYIL. Session’s including: principles of effective implementation, drafting action plans, early communication, send, supporting children’s early reading/writing, parental engagement, evaluation, improving children’s behaviour, supporting children’s early numeracy.
Liaising with the manager of the setting, member of the team and gathering evidence through cohorts tracking, observations of both staff and children to identify any weaknesses that may needed support. Recognised that Maths was an area that needed further support for both children and Staff. Discussed with the team and other EYIL’s in network meetings to consider ways to support further development for both myself, staff and children and the best way to approach this.
Utilised the £2,000 grant to purchases resources (liaised with the team on what they thought would benefit the children), bought a maths trolley to be accessed by the children (intent for them to move this inside and outside). Bought training session on Maths in the Early years to develop staff skills and confidence. Conducted peer observations because Maths appeared to be an area that not many staff approached. Noticed lack of confidence and language within their practice. After they attended Maths training, Carried peer observations out throughout the year and noticed a rise in maths language and activities planned which in turn supported the children’s further development. Also after the training gave them a questionnaire to see if the training was beneficial. Communicated through emails about new learning, sharing videos and articles.
Produced resources and utilised the trolley within the room as well as in intervention groups. The trolley had resources that were age appropriate as we have a mix from 2-5 years. Planned weekly focus for those transitioning to school and ensured those staying within the preschool had access to resources to support their further development. Signed up to EYmaths by Karen Wilding to enhance my further development. We shared our knowledge with the staff at staff meetings and through modelling within the room.
Encouraged parents to take part in learning at home through written observations. In the summer term linking with transition too we sent home Activity Packs to support learning at home. We also have an Open Event happening where we will share our learning with parents and how they can do this at home to.