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Students Gain Valuable Work Experience with 'Outstanding' Treetops Nursery
Children from Treetops Nursery have visited the College’s new purpose built Learning Den, for a play session.
The new Learning Den has become a functioning Child Education environment for specific sessions with a number of groups in the Child Education Department. The children from Treetops have been visiting the Learning Den for a range of fun and interactive sessions since March 2018. The Learning Den was named by a previous Level 3 Child Education student last year.
The Treetops children visited a variety of groups in the department to include Level 2 Child Education, Level 3 Child Education students and Level 2 Progression into Family Care students, who used the opportunity to work with young children in a real working environment as a way of enhancing their employability skills.
The sessions have been student led to include planning, preparing and running the sessions for the Treetops Nursery children. Students use their module lessons before the sessions to plan and prepare. For example, Level 2 Child Education linked Unit 4 Preparing and Maintaining Environments to their session with the children. They focused on how the environment can promote play and encourage children to learn. The students walked with the children and Treetops staff support over to the Learning Den and then escort them back after the session.
Staff from Lancaster & Morecambe College Child Education department and Treetops Nursery have supported the students throughout the sessions to highlight students’ strengths and areas for development within the sessions, which also supports their practice in their placement settings.
Level 2 Child Education student, Laura Bowker commented “It’s great to have work experience on placement outside of LMC. Having Treetops in the Learning Den at the College makes it even easier to practice what we have learnt and our tutors are on hand to offer advice and guidance”
Child Education tutor Francesca Grimmitt added “This has been a unique experience for students as they are able to see what it is like to be responsible for planning and running a session for young children. The time spent with the children is valuable for students learning and development. This session allows students to experience a practical Child Education learning environment. The students show maturity and responsibility through planning and preparing the environment. This allows them to trial new ideas and support children’s learning.”
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