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Redcliffe Nursery and Children's Centre visit to Huifan Beijing, China

8th to 15th March 2015

Jeanette Hill and Carole Keane

China welcomes staff from Redcliffe Nursery School



 

 

 

 

Jeanette and Carole visited China in March as part of a Professional Development programme for nurseries in China.  As an international programme, the emphasis was on sharing good practice and building international relationships.  Redcliffe hope to host Chinese early years professionals in Bristol at some stage in the future, with a view to delivering bespoke training in the forest school experience.  It is hoped that there will be more opportunities in the future for other Bristol Early Years practitioners to get involved and share their UK experience of Early Years education.

 

Chinese welcome committee to Redcliffe staff



 

 

 


The Conference - programme of events

Morning  session:  8.30 a.m.  –  12  noon.      

Topic:  nursery  teacher  administration/management,  monitoring  and  evaluation.  

Delivery from the  perspective  of  the headteacher  of  a  nursery  setting  to  oversee  and  manage  its  personnel,  utilizing  and  motivating  staff  to  deliver  good  performance.  

Afternoon  session:  1300  –  1730.    

Topic:  how  to  conduct  observation  records  and  reports. 

An in-depth exploration of good practice of  recording observations and  assessment of children’s progress and development.  How to design the record form, keep daily records and generate reports for individual children.  

Evening  session:  1830  -­‐2200.    

Topic:  Nursery  setting  environment  layout  arrangement. 

Consider the rationale behind the overall setting’s environment  design,  classroom layout  and its relation to the teaching  topic,  theme  activities,  seasons,  holidays  and  events.  Forest  School development.  

We  prepared  4  Powerpoint  presentations,  with photographs,  diagrams,  charts  and  video  clips  to highlight our message in a visual way.  We also prepared a variety of activities to help explain and enhance  the points that we wanted to make.  

Session  1

History  of  Early  Years  Education  -­‐  setting  the  context,  principles  

Organization,  structure  and  management  

The  Early  Years  Teacher  –  qualifications,  requirements,  professionalism  

Session  2 

Observation,  Assessment,  Early  Years  Foundation  Stage  Document  

Long  and  short  observations,  qualitative  and  quantative  data  

Session  3

Indoor  Environment,  open–ended,  natural,  heuristic  resources  

Outdoor  Environment,  immediate,  local  community,  real  experiences,  wild,  unstructured  spaces  

 Overview

We found  the  delegates keen  and  enthusiastic  to  hear  about  our  approach  towards  early  education  in  England.  They  asked  questions  about  how  things  happened  practically  and  were  keen  to  hear  about  methods  that  produced  positive  results.  Health  and  safety  was  high  in  their  concerns;  they  wanted  to  know  how  we  had  got  over  some  of  the  barriers  and  difficulties.  There  was  considerable  enthusiasm  and  positive  participation  throughout  the  whole  day.  Some  of  the  delegates  really  seemed  to  understand  some  of  the  processes  and  were  keen  to  adapt  some  of  our  suggestions.  There  was  a  particular  enthusiasm  for  the  way  that  the  children’s  learning  and  progress  is  documented  e.g.  Learning  Diaries,  with  many  questions  and  queries  as  to  how  this  particular  process  was  achieved.  

The  food  project  was  something  that  they  really  wanted  to  know  more  about.  

They  showed  a  lot  of  interest  in  Forest  School,  but  there  would  be  a  lot  of  work  to  do  with  their  immediate  outdoor  space  before  this  could  be  implemented.  

Bristol early years China visit

 

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