The Red Market has become a mini tradition in the EYFS. The event comes at a perfect time of the year for our young students who have been in school just long enough to embrace the independence that the Red Market promotes. Each child is given a Red Envelope with money representing the Chinese zodiac animal of the upcoming year. This year each child got MM10, ten Mouse Money notes. Throughout the EYFS wing, teachers and parents offer snacks, games, arts and crafts and game experiences to children. The children are encouraged to make independent choices, by deciding what they want to do and where they want to spend their money. All the experiences on offer cost Mouse Money. Food being the least expensive and the beauty parlour the priciest, MM3. If children should run out of cash they go to the "EYFS Bank of BSN”, and perform tasks to earn more Mouse Money.
The Red Market is the EYFS’s way of celebrating the biggest holiday in our host country, The Lunar New Year. Children and adults are encouraged to wear special outfits, either traditional Chinese clothes, new clothes or red clothes. Many activities promote the Chinese Zodiac animal of the up-coming year, others are lucky draws and prize orientated. This year our hallway glowed a deep red with all the beautiful decorations and displays. The morning was total success and only possible with the donations of food, materials and time from all the families represented in the EYFS. We look forward to next year’s Red Market.
Being new to BSN, the Red Market was a wonderful end to my first week. It was a morning of excitement and wonder, as the children giggled with excitement at the different activities on offer. What really struck me was the true sense of community between parents and the EYFS team. It was lovely to see all the children dressed up in traditional costumes and will be a memory that I will cherish. (Mrs Williams)