Monday, 2 April 2012

Thanet Early Years Project Schema Conference

On 31st March 2012, TEYP held a schema conference at Quex Hall, Quex Park, Birchington.
The day was arranged in order to celebrate the project's recently adopted approach to following and documenting children's fascinations and interests in the form of schemas.

Cath Arnold and Kim White
We were very fortunate to have Cath Arnold (author of 'Schemas and Emotions') join us for the day. She spoke about her extensive work with schemas and having listened to the staff presentations she gave the project feedback on what she had heard

Cath offered us practical advice and guidance on where we can take our work next in terms of helping children to grow and develop and be involved in their learning on a deeper level.

Cath also brought along with her five lovely ladies from Rushden Community College Children's Centre who also shared with us their own individual experiences and how they too explore children's schematic behaviour and play day to day.

The ladies from Rushden Community College Children's Centre

TEYP Staff shared with each other the fantastic work they had been doing in their own settings  and with individual parents. Staff presented film footage, case studies, journals, displays and running commentaries on individual children, their planning, journals and thoughts about schema's in general.
A nursery practitioner and a parent share the home-nursery experience.

TEYP have been using this approach since September 2011, following a training session  in June. Staff embraced the idea of schemas into their daily work, they were open minded and flexible to the new approach. 

The conference was therefore a celebration of all their input, effort and hard work in embedding this approach into their everyday practice.

Well done everyone!...And a BIG thank you to Cath and Co.

Teyp would also like to thank KCC and the Workforce Development money which without, this day would not have been possible. 

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