Redcliffe Nursery and Children's Centre visit to Huifan Beijing, China
8th to 15th March 2015
Jeanette Hill and Carole Keane
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.
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.
History of Early Years Education -‐ setting the context, principles
Organization, structure and management
The Early Years Teacher – qualifications, requirements, professionalism
Observation, Assessment, Early Years Foundation Stage Document
Long and short observations, qualitative and quantative data
Indoor Environment, open–ended, natural, heuristic resources
Outdoor Environment, immediate, local community, real experiences, wild, unstructured spaces
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.