Mrs Laing was very proud and honoured to provide a workshop on Innerwick Early Years Setting’s Block Play Project at the Edinburgh Froebel Conference on Saturday 21st September. Please read the presentation below, we hope you enjoy learning about the changes that took place and marvel at the children’s creativity. Children are now empowered to play everyday with blocks.
Froebel conference presentation 21.9.19
The whole early years team have been working really hard over the last few years to develop practice. Hard work has paid off and we were recently awarded the ELC Innovation Award from the Scottish Government. We enjoyed meeting the Scottish Minister for Children and Young People, Ms Maree Todd, who visited to find out about the innovation, meet the children and staff and hand over the award. The team have launched a research project which will further develop the identified innovation, the Map-do-review method. Below is the storyboard designed by Mrs Laing, which shows the theory of change for the project. Mrs Laing will be sharing the project work at various conferences as it progresses over 2019-2020.
ELC – Quality – Innovation – Innerwick – storyboard – Final – Aug 2019
The setting held a very successful Open Session for our families on Monday the 25th March. Mr Taylor and Mrs Laing shared information on the process of change to date and a PowerPoint demonstrating how content and confident the Early Years children had been during the transition to the 1140 hours. Please view the PowerPoint below and find out for yourself how well the children coped and embraced change. We wish to thank the parents for their partnership work with practitioners, making the whole experience a success for their children.
We are delighted to be able to advise that the recruitment process for our Early Years Team is now complete, and we are very much looking forward to Mrs Fiona Nightingale joining us on 4 February as an additional Early Years Practitioner. Mrs Nightingale has extensive experience in Early Years provision, as well as a teaching background, and, of course, has a deep knowledge of Innerwick PS from a parent and Parent Council member’s perspective. We wish to welcome Fiona to the Innerwick team, and look forward to working with her very soon.
Innerwick Early Years Team are delighted and proud to have been selected as a Setting of Innovation and Impact 2018 by The Scottish Government. We are one of six settings in Scotland chosen from more than 70 applications. Staff will work with The Scottish Government’s ELC Quality Team from January 2019 to share their play-based pedagogical approach nationally. Please read and learn about some of the play-based development work and view our submission of evidence to The Scottish Government. Furthermore we also wish to share the Improvement Plan for the coming year 2018-2019.
Children, staff and parents collaborated and cooperated together to bake, make and purchase muffins and popcorn, to raise funds for Children in Need. There had been baking sessions in the early years setting during the week, supported by parent helpers. Freshly baked muffins were brought in by some parents and staff. The children worked hard in their shop keeper roles on the bake stall and took this task very seriously, embracing being part of the wider school community. In total 148 muffins and 33 bags of popcorn were sold, and a grand total of £104.73 was made. Thank you so much for all the help, extra baking and purchasing.
Yesterday, the nursery children went on a minibeast hunt in our local woods. Laura, the Countryside Ranger, helped the children to identify the many creatures that they found hiding under the logs. The children also held a sheet under a tree and shook the tree to discover which minibeasts were living above our heads. We were surprised to find so many creatures living in our woods.
I am delighted to share the article, Creative skills in practice: a creative process, which has recently been published in a new Care Inspectorate document, My Creative Journey. The article, on pages 27-28, describes the nursery children’s enthusiasm planning a party for Stripy, the nursery puppet, in February 2015. Sadly the photos I sent the Care Inspectorate were not used, so I attach the original slideshow which I shared at the Starcatchers’ conference in April 2015, showing many lovely photos of the children involved in creativity. Enjoy!
Stripy the puppet, a creative process