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Creative Teaching Approaches in Early Years
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

As a setting we are very creative and value the importance of self confidence and expression of all the children who attend. As a setting we encourage children to explore and take risks within their immediate environment and engage with them to take part in the future planning of learning within the setting. We discuss what they like and dont like and what they would like to discover and learn. As staff we are always reflecting on our practice through training and research and value new approaches to early years education in order to maintain good, reflective and proactive practice within early years. However, we have never had the opportunity to observe and compare approaches in other countries and with staff from other countries and believe that the value of attending such training abroad is enourmous and certainly not accessible here. We value and encourage the interaction of parents in their child's learning through parent/grandparent days and continuous sharing of information and ideas. We are a committed strong team that is able to lead change in order to improve and enhance our children's experiences in our setting. We have systems in place that will allow us to manage the project in an efficient manner drawing on our experience to lead school's projects. The two participants who attended the training who are both experienced and well qualified; being the Manager and Deputy Manager of the setting who between them have nearly 40 years experiences in early years education. The Manager holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Early Years and has supported other Early Years Professionals in their learning and development and as a Mentor. The Manager is very proactive and always looking to introduce new learning styles within the setting e.g. Mosaic Approach challenging children in their own learning. The Deputy has over 20 years early years experience also and is an early years SENCO and has a passion for an inclusive nurturing environment for all children within an early years setting. As a setting we are very reflective and proactive in our development and from researching different types of practice for the completion of qualifications such as the BA Hons Degree and Level 3 qualifications have highlighted the different types of practices throughout Europe. The importance of creativity in early years and self expression and confidence. We value family input on each child's learning and would like to learn more about how to engage further with families and their children's learning both at home and in the setting making stronger links. We are a very creative early years setting and encourage children to express themselves through a wide range of media and feel further knowledge of this type of learning would develop this learning further. Therefore , or main areas for development were: Creativity across the early years setting New teaching and learning methods that can support enhancement and change within our practice Develop our understanding of other European systems in order to share and learn from each other. Innovative approaches to teaching and learning in early years Our methodology for developing the areas identified above were through attendance at a structured training course provided by LEAP: Creative teaching approaches in Early Years course. We feel that this has enabled us as a setting to gain further knowledge of children's learning through creativity and exploration and to support our practice in this type of learning. It has enabled us to share our own practice with others and learn from other practices both from Italy and the other settings attending the training also from other countries. It has enabled the setting to observe other centers and educators in their role and learn from their diverse knowledge. As manager and deputy we have been able to share this practice with all staff and have given two different view points on the practice observed and knowledge gained. It has empowered staff to explore different creative teaching approaches and to put them into practice. It has been very empowering and exciting and this new knowledge hal been shared with children's families through parents information meetings and written information. The knowledge and experiences gained by staff attending the Creative Teaching Approaches in Early Years has also been shared with all staff through meetings and in house training. This has enabled the setting to integrate the new practices and knowledge to all of the children.

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