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
Thank you to all the P4-7 pupils who came along to the STEM after school club over the last 6 weeks. I didn’t anticipate how popular the club would be and it was great to see so many pupils enthusiastic and motivated over STEM activities. Lots of problem solving, creative thinking and fun!
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.
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.
Is your child eligible for free school meals, and if so, have you registered?
Schools receive additional funding of £1,200 from the Scottish Government for every pupil in P1 to S3 who is registered for free school meals. This is called Pupil Equity Funding, and schools use this additional money to help fund a wide range of initiatives to support achievement and provide the best possible opportunities for children’s learning.
How do I know if my child is eligible for free school meals?
Please visit our website www.eastlothian.gov.uk to check your eligibility and download an application form.
Even if your child does not wish to take up the option of having a free school meal every day, we would encourage you to register so that your child’s school will receive the Pupil Equity Funding allowance to support their learning.
Please see below for the link to the National Parent Forum of Scotlands’ publication on Career Education.