Learning & Development


ParentZone is the website and app that we use to share your child’s day with you. You can access it via www.parentzone.me or by downloading the app on your phone/tablet.

Before your child starts you will be invited to set up an account on ParentZone and once registered you will start to see observations from your child’s first day! You will receive updates on how much your child has eaten, how long they have slept for, or any nappy changes. You will also receive daily updates about what activities they have taken part in with lots of photographs included. We encourage parents to upload their own observations on ParentZone too, to add to their child’s learning journey!

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Child in Ball Pit


There are a variety of approaches that we use to ensure that children achieve their full potential. We use the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) as a tool to support how we plan for children’s next stage in their development and how we set up our enabling environments. You can learn more about how we use the EYFS and by clicking the blog post below.

Teaching in the Moment

During your child’s journey at Red Bus, there will be planning carried out involving them on a regular basis. We call this ‘In The Moment Planning’. At the start of a given week, we will let you know if your child is going to be the ‘focus child’. This means that your key person will be focusing on two areas of development from the Early Years Foundation Stage with your child and will look to achieve ‘teachable moments’ to support and further their development.

Teachable moments happen when a practitioner teaches your child something new – for example, if a child tried to catch a large ball but was unable to grasp it, a member of staff could show them how to use two hands to catch something that size. The child is then able to catch the ball using two hands!

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Kindergarten children hiding in cardboard box


Your child’s Key Person carries out a baseline assessment after 6 weeks of starting at Red Bus. They look at evidence they have gathered themselves from observations, conversations with yourselves and their own professional judgement to indicate where your child currently is in their development.- The baseline is then used as a tool to monitor your child’s progress as they grow and move through the setting.

Cohort assessments are carried out on all children every February, May and October. These are is linked to the age brackets of the EYFS and then categorised as Expected or Exceeding.

These assessments are analysed by the Management Team to establish if there are any children who need additional support or if there are any noticeable trends throughout the setting. The child’s Key Person will share their cohorts with their families and work in partnership as and when needed.

When children are around two years four months old a ‘Two Year Check’ is carried out on each child. They are sometimes completed by a Health Visitor but we also complete one within the setting. The assessment gives a brief summary of the child’s development in regards to Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development. The families are informed of their child's development, areas where they are progressing well and any areas where progress is less than expected.