In 2011 we were successful in becoming an Early Years Teaching Centre. As part of a consortium with Allens Croft Children’s Centre, St Thomas Children’s Centre, Adderley Children’s Centre and Weoley Castle Nursery School & Children’s Centre we provided high quality training and C.P.D opportunities focussed on a range of pedagogical areas for other early years settings.
This project was led by Pen Green Research Base in partnership with the National College of School Leadership.
In 2016 Louisa Penfold, a P.H.D student from Nottingham University and Tate Galleries, visited our school to observe how the environment can support and encourage child centred learning. She spent time in the nursery school with both the 3-4 year old children and the two year old children. She gave some really positive feedback about the way we work with creative teaching and learning. What follows is a snippet of text from her blog explaining how we work.
“Within an early years education setting, designing for flexibility allows children to encounter educational experiences from diverse levels of knowledge, backgrounds and interests. This, then paves the way for the possibility of collaborative learning, understanding, respect and friendship between people.”
The following links are for a video about creative interaction in our school and for Louisa’s blog called Art. Play. Children. Pedagogy.