Hampshire-based Vanessa Dooley, Founder of Jigsaw Early Years Consulting, ex-Ofsted Inspector and No.1 Best Selling Author has just released her revised edition of her best-selling book ‘Are you ready for inspection?’ following the introduction of the new education inspection framework.
Vanessa released her first edition back in Sept 2018, and in just 4 hours after it’s release, ‘Are you ready for your inspection - The practical guide to support you through your Early Years Inspection and show IMPACT!’ was riding high on Amazon in the categories of Preschool & Nursery Books, Education Policy Books and Education Theory Books, overtaking two New York Times Bestselling Authors; Wendy Mogal and Education and Creativity Expert Sir Ken Robinson to take the number one spot. The revised version also hit the top of the book charts on the day of release.
Vanessa, who has been working within Early Years since 1987 and who knew she wanted to work with children from an early age, has always been very career focused. An ex-Ofsted Inspector, Vanessa Dooley, Founder of Jigsaw Early Years Consulting, is now turned to as someone who can offer support, having shared her years of wisdom, knowledge and expertise to fill the gap she believes exists for nursery owners.
Vanessa said: "Whilst I am an ex-Ofsted Inspector, I have also spent years managing nurseries, so I’ve experienced the stress associated with being inspected. All of our nurseries achieved outstanding status - but I know how hard it is when you do not know how the system works, or really understand what Ofsted is looking for and I’ve seen the pressure this puts on nursery managers, their teams as well as in preschools and childminders. With this book I wanted to openly share my knowledge to help guide early years settings and remove some of the tension attached to inspections, new frameworks and the stress often involved which doesn’t do the children or staff any good.”
The revised edition is available now via Amazon (https://amzn.to/32cvgjQ)
She continues: “This book has already been well received and has impacted many nursery settings across the UK. I’m so so grateful to the team at Authors & Co who helped me bring this to life. I’m so glad that sharing my knowledge that I’ve acquired over the years will continue to help others - I know there are so people working in nurseries, preschools or as childminders who are doing amazing jobs, but are unable to always showcase that when it matters for Ofsted - hopefully I can remove some of the stress and mystery to help them achieve the scores they crave, and focus on providing the best settings to aid children's learning and development.”
Vanessa has been sharing this knowledge since the launch of Jigsaw 2 years ago, already offering a series of services including training courses and e-learning courses for early years CPD, quality improvement inspections and consultancy days, alongside expert articles in industry press. But Vanessa feels her accreditation scheme #JustQuality adding IMPACT accreditation provides early years staff with a practical way of improving, as well as tangible evidence of their progress.
Vanessa’s popular CPD programme #JustQuality adding IMPACT accreditation has just won an industry award in order to help Early Years staff to better prepare for Ofsted Inspections, learn to add impact and self-evaluate easier in a practical, accessible and structured way. Vanessa said “We were delighted in being giving an Nursery World award for our #JustQuality adding IMPACT accreditation. The response has been amazing and the word IMPACT is out there – as settings we can make a difference to child’s life, at Jigsaw we can make a difference to the way you add IMPACT in your every day setting- it’s all about adding IMPACT in Early Years and we are just truly honored to have achieved an award as well as our book being re-launched.
Vanessa saw the demand after creating a bespoke group of settings who worked with her in creating the award and sharing what they wanted from an accreditation. Vanessa then used her knowledge as group manager of six outstanding settings, as well as her previous inspector role, to create something which gives staff ‘fire in their belly’ to improve on what they do. Vanessa trialed her accreditation at Honeysuckle Day Nursery, in Reading who had received a disappointing Ofsted inspection in 2018 and after introducing her award and working through it with staff, they recently were re-inspected and achieved the ultimate goal… outstanding! The inspector could see they were using the #JustQuality Adding Impact accredited award to demonstrate their own learning journey and this validated how they were improving constantly.
Alexandra Rourke, Owner of Honeysuckle Day Nursery said: “As a nursery owner it can be an ongoing challenge to maintain staff motivation and many had commented that they had become overwhelmed by the increasing demands and ever moving goal posts within the industry. We had a disappointing Ofsted inspection in 2018 and whilst I had full confidence in my management team, I felt that their passion and good practice didn’t filter right through to every member of staff. We enlisted the help of Vanessa and signed up for the ‘Just Quality’ accreditation. I can wholeheartedly say that it was the best business decision I have made to date. I believe we already had some strong foundations to work from but taking on Vanessa’s advice allowed us to gain clarity on what needed to change, fully understand why it was necessary and how we could achieve it. The floor books are a fantastic tool to demonstrate how our thought processes evolve and how we continually reflect on our practice. All delivered in a clear and digestible format that serves to inspire and motivate the staff. As a result, my entire team has united, striving toward a common goal. It really was a pleasure to see. Happily, in our latest inspection we achieved ‘Outstanding’ and the inspector praised the staff for their knowledge, confidence and tangible passion. I have no doubt that Vanessa’s support has been paramount in this phenomenal achievement.”
The format of the programme is through the use of #JustQuality floor books, #JustQuality stickers, and #JustQuality specifications. Participants become part of a closed Facebook group to receive further support alongside live videos and interviews from settings who are working through the award. Each term, the setting receive a zoom call with Vanessa to see how they are getting along and in the final month they receive a visit from a #JustQuality assessor to see if they have met the criteria to achieve the accredited award.
Vanessa said: “We have over 65 settings across the UK who are working towards this accreditation and it is already making an IMPACT. When settings are being inspected they showcase their setting and their evaluation of their setting with their inspectors. The response is huge. Three settings have achieved the highest accolade of outstanding by using our accreditation as part of their reflection tool. This accreditation is adding IMPACT to the sector.”
Little Men and Misses, Birmingham said: “Finding #justquality was like finding the missing piece in our jigsaw (no pun intended) it epitomised everything I was looking for in an accreditation and has really helped us as a setting value the difference we make in children’s lives and has really helped us drive our setting forward. It has helped the whole of my practitioners realise the WHY we do things and just how much impact even the smallest things have on our settings ethos, and more importantly our children, families and staff team!”
For more information please see: www.jigsawearlyyearsconsultancy.com/justqualityaward/
"This book has already been well received and has impacted many nursery settings across the UK."
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