Policy Development

The last few weeks have been incredibly fruitful, with a great deal of energy, time and thinking being spent developing policies and toolkits for the school. These include staff focused policies outlining procedures for recruitment and selection, processes for pay and performance management, and child focused policies considering learning needs, inclusion and admission procedures. A total of 19 policies have been written so far, nine of which have toolkits with all the necessary forms and templ...
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Leverage Leadership

If you’re a regular reader of our blogs, you’ll know all about our dream of establishing an affordable, integrated and excellent school for children aged 3 and upwards; a school where every child is offered every opportunity to fulfil their God given potential – regardless of their socioeconomic situation –  since fees relate to each family’s income. Since the end of 2016, our dream has begun to take shape, starting with Nov / December, when Phil and I toured the UK updating supporters and la...
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The Physical space

We have started to think about the physical space of the pre-school (3 to 6 year olds). Phil and I sat down and considered what was important… A central space – a space that can be shared by staff, children and parents – an area for welcoming and departing – a space where parents can connect with staff, say goodbye to their child without feeling rushed Classrooms – flexible spaces, with for example, areas for fantasy play, group meetings, a shop, construction, a mini-studio, rest - with ...
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Wrestling with balance

Balance is the word that comes to mind every time I have a discussion with family, friends or colleagues in terms of how we put our philosophy of education in to practice.  Balance between a developmental curriculum / child-centred approach with ensuring children reach their age-related milestones. So, I started to research the developmental milestones for 18 month to 6 year olds.  Many hours / days have been spent compiling a document which includes what a child should be able to do at e...
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