Birchills Church of England Community Academy

Across the Early Years department, we believe our children and families have the right to:

  •  Feel valued as an individual
  • Be happy, healthy, enthusiastic and confident with high self-esteem and self-worth
  • Be independent, curious, creative and resilient learners
  • Be courageous and take risks, challenging themselves and each other
  • Know they have a voice, feel heard and that they can make a difference
  • Be able to identify and communicate their own needs and feelings
  • Be empowered to meet their own needs
  • Respect themselves, each other, their communities and environment
  • Feel safe and secure and have a sense of belonging
  • Establish effective and supportive relationships and be able to work collaboratively
  • Be lifelong learners with a love of learning
  • Have high aspirations, build on their previous best and excel in whatever they choose to do


To enable this we will offer:

  • Seamless education, support and care provision which puts children and families at the heart
  • A stimulating, safe, secure and welcoming environment, inside and outdoors
  • Appropriate, responsive, differentiated, open-ended and challenging learning opportunities
  • Experiences that value, reflect, celebrate and build on our diverse community
  • Effective working partnerships to ensure the needs of all are represented and heard
  • Respectful, trusting and effective relationships which display emotional warmth
  • Supportive induction procedures and routines
  • Effective systems of communication
  • A highly skilled, motivated and committed staff team 


We will demonstrate our commitment to this by:

  • Establishing and maintaining a dynamic and inclusive ethos which ensures there are consistently high expectations for all
  • Maintaining professional integrity, high standards and being effective role models
  • Valuing and respecting all, celebrating individuality and diversity
  • Listening, reflecting and continuously improving on our previous best
  • Working within all agreed policies, procedures and working practices, ensuring they are brought alive
  • Supporting innovation, being flexible and playful
  • Promoting healthy lifestyles
  • Ensuring all staff have access to high quality on-going professional development opportunities
  • Challenging discrimination and stereotyping, breaking down barriers to inclusion
  • Ensuring all systems of communication are open and transparent
  • Making the best of all the resources we have available to us
  • Respecting and responding to the voice of our stakeholders and partners,
  • Becoming co-constructors in learning, watching and learning alongside our learners
  • Sharing and learning from best practice, locally and nationally