Happy parents (and children)
"I had the pleasure of attending a Parent's Duty at Early Years on Thursday and felt compelled to write this.
Your staff at early years were fantastically professional on what seemed to be a very busy day.
I am a mum with a child with special needs and find it a little stressful sometimes, however Vicki and her team were looking after my son, another child with high additional needs, plus a few children with behaviour issues, whilst also looking after the rest of the class (how they do it I don't know).
From working closely with Vicki with my son I am so impressed with her dedication to the children and making sure their individual needs are met. This I know from experience cannot be easy.
She manages a great team and this shows in how well the children play and behave.
It's so nice to see how your Early Year’s Manager and team build up the confidence of children with additional needs and prepare them for school."
"Dear Mr Green
I have felt the need to send an email to let you know that you have a truly wonderful member of staff, who for me personally has gone above and beyond the job title - Vicki Richardson.
My daughter Evlyn started early years at 2 years old after having a rough couple of months. At 13 months old I gave birth to her twin brothers at only 24 weeks in to my pregnancy and we were rushed to Bristol where we spent the next 4 months in and out of intensive care. Emergency surgery after surgery.
Evlyn was pushed from place to place and became very withdrawn as you can imagine.
Vicki has worked so hard in getting Evlyn to open up and accept what is going on at home.
Vicki has always made sure at the beginning and end of session that we as a family are OK and always offered a shoulder to cry on.
Freddie my healthier twin has been with Vicki and the team for a few months now and he has grown so much due to the love, care and dedication of Vicki. The twins do have additional needs and Vicki has always treated them like they are her own children and the change in Freddie’s behaviour is out of this world.
When Charlie was due to start Vicki again has fought his corner every step of the way and has stood behind me when I said he should go to a main stream nursery. She has taken on my worries and fears and listened to all health care professionals in what is best for Charlie and by doing this he is completely a different child.
I owe so much to Vicki for not only taking care of my children but for taking care of us as a family when things have got rough, which they do due to Charlies ongoing needs.
I just felt I needed to tell you how blessed you are to have her on your team she is a credit to Early Years, the school, and teaching as a whole. I just hope Evlyn will be as happy with you all in September."
"I’ve never had any problems with him coming to play group"
"She has a very hectic home life and I am so grateful for the care she receives at nursery"
"Very constructive feedback to help child to develop at setting and at home"
"Learning journey book is amazing"
"Really impressed with the attention & techniques used in monitoring development"
"Good level of friendliness and authority, which encourages respect and good behaviour"
"He has settled excellently – a very happy little boy"
"Really happy & doesn’t want to come home"
"Really thorough communication & reporting of activities and outcomes"
"My husband loved it"
"My impression of Early Years has been excellent. My child hasn’t been attending for very long but he loves it."
"Great welcoming and really good at the way they settle kids down."
"Staff are always friendly"
"Always friendly and greet children nicely"
"Always happy and friendly to adults and children"
"Staff always enthusiastic and keen to chat to children"
"Very happy and excited all week to come back"
"She was very upset to start but staff were brilliant with her"
"Very supportive of children who struggle to settle and the parents"
"Settled and enjoying structure of pre-school"
"She enjoys coming and is upset on the days she doesn’t attend"
"Very Informative topic sheet"
"Planning sent home, plus home to EYs book shows very good communication"
"I feel confident my child is safe"
"Very secure, although parents do not always remember to shut the gates"
"Brilliantly made book of all her achievements"
"Staff give regular feedback using meetings, reports and informal chats"
"Good to have progress meetings"
"I am confident that any concerns would be brought to my attention"
"Always good at communicating issues"
"She is always happy and excited to come, which I think speaks volumes for the care given"
"We are very happy with the care and provision at EYs thank you"
"Good preparation for school"
"Always happy and easy to talk to"
"Very approachable and understanding of all situations"
"My daughter started Leonard Stanley Early Years in her preschool year, the October before she started in the reception class in the school. She was already in a private nursery but I moved her as her sibling had just started in the school.
My daughter had issues with her speech and language, I was the only person who understood what she said and her nursery had told me that it was not that bad and that school would address the issue.
Within her first few weeks at early years she had been referred to a speech and language therapist. The staff were excellent, they reassured me that it was not my fault, talked me through the process and asked my permission to monitor her speech before referring her as they had noticed that something wasn't right.
She was referred quickly and had one on one and group therapy sessions to improve her speech. The Early Years team also had copies of the reports sent to them so they could support her development whilst she was there.
My daughter had a lovely key worker, she took the time to get to know my daughter and build up a relationship with her. If she had problems understanding her she would talk to me about it and we would resolve the problem. I appreciated the honesty and felt happy knowing she was in such good care. To this day my daughter still talks about her.
The early years also have a close relationship with the school, they go over to do PE, have lunch and spend time with the reception teacher.
I always felt welcome to pop in and talk to the staff, they always had time to talk to me and understood my worries as a parent, I felt they understood that each child had different needs and that they were supporting my daughter's.
Recently I attended my daughter’s parents evening, she is in the middle of key stage one, she is doing extremely well at school, her speech is perfect for her age and she is developing at a fantastic rate. I feel that the Early Years team have played a part in this; their care and knowledge gave my daughter a great start to her education. I am extremely grateful, my only regret is that she didn't have more time there.
A very happy parent".