I am a qualified Early Years Professional. I have been teaching Early Years for seven years in a variety of counties, including UK, China, Vietnam and Latvia. When I was in China I worked for Nord Anglia at BISS Pudong campus first as a Head of Year for Nursery and then as Deputy Head of Early Years.
During that time, I lead the change from classroom-based teaching, to a free flow environment. This was a very exciting time and lead to many more learning opportunities for the children. I also developed the outdoor learning area for the Early Years and to do this I involved the children using a MOSAIC approach. This gave all the children a say in what they wanted in the outside area and what was important to them. The team worked hard with the children to get their opinions by doing learning walks using ipads, modelling the outside area, looking at photographs, catalogues,pictures of other schools and interviews. When all of the information was gathered, a designer came in and did a presentation to the children. This was a fantastic learning experience for the children and for all of the teachers involved. It also gave the children the opportunity to have a say in what was important to them, have their ideas listened to and be valued. Prior to teaching Early Years, I was PE teacher for five years teaching whole school PE.
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