During the visit, warm and respectful relationships between carers and children were evident. Carers were observed to communicate and interact frequently with the children entrusted in their care. Reviewers noted that there is collaboration and a sense of team work between the centre management and carers and between the carers themselves.
The centre, which is well-maintained and clean, offers a welcoming and pleasant environment. Both the indoor and the outdoor areas is being used effectively by the children.
Reviewers noted the pro-active approach and leadership qualities of the centre manager, whose determination is leading to continuous improvement in the quality of the service provided by the centre. Together with the coordinator and the two supervisors, she ensures the smooth daily running of the centre. Their involvement in the daily life of the centre is allowing for regular monitoring of the service being given to the children. Following the previous external review report, the management and carers benefitted from upskilling sessions in various areas of Early Childhood Education and Care, including the use of Learning Journals. The LRP has plans to provide further training opportunities for her staff.
Children were observed participating in various age-appropriate indoor and outdoor learning experiences that targeted specific areas of their development. They were also observed engaging with the various multi-sensory and educational resources found in the centre. During activities, the children were actively engaged, either as a group or independently. Activities observed focused on the learning process and serve to contribute towards the children’s sense of exploration and achievement.
The programme of experiences offered to the children is planned and evaluated by the carers. Following last year's recommendation, the centre has adopted the positive practice of recording the children’s progress and development through Learning Journals. Carers use photographic observations which capture the children’s experiences and comment on the learning outcomes acquired. Such an authentic form of assessment is more responsive to a child's learning.
The centre welcomes the presence of parents especially during the initial home-to-centre transition stage. The centre manager regularly discusses with parents the progress and development of their children and organises informative seminars on issues related to childcare. These positive initiatives are serving to build a positive relationship between members of staff and parents, thus strengthening the home-centre link.
On the day of the visit, carers were observed to promote positive behaviour, as well as positive interactions amongst children. Moreover, carers were observed to deal with difficult behaviour with patience and care.
The centre promotes healthy eating. On the day of the visit, lunches were generally healthy and nutritious. All children were observed to be familiar with the eating routine. Carers encouraged children to be increasingly independent during snack time while assisting them as necessary. Carers joined the children at the table and used this time as an opportunity for social bonding.
During discussions with the centre manager it was evident that each child is valued as an individual and helped to develop his or her potential through inclusion and participation in various activities. A number of children attending the centre have been identified as needing more individualised attention and action is being taken to enable them to realise their potential.