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Calderdale College's First Early Years Network Event Gains Top Marks

5th May 2014

Earlier this week, Calderdale College hosted an Early Years Network event which enabled employers, students and Early Years professionals to come together to share practice, knowledge and innovative ideas.

The networking event which was held at the Hybrid Centre at the College commenced with an opening speech by Sharon Smith, Vice Principal – Learning & Achievement and a key note speech by Pam Warhurst, Co-Founder of Incredible Edible.

Pam who inspired attendees to create Incredible Edible gardens said: “What an honour. To see the great work being done by students in creating Incredible Edible gardens on a budget of £100 and know they had fun doing it. To be able to tell our story to the people who will nurture the next generation of incredibles and maybe give them a few pointers to lessons we have learned over the last few years. And to hear the Vice Principal say she is interested in making the College the first Incredible Edible College in the country with edible beds where before there was grass. All power to your elbow early years Calderdale. You're amazing.”

BA (Hons) Early Years (top-up) & Foundation Degree Early Years students were given the opportunity to exhibit their work, share their knowledge and practice and network with other attendees. Early Years students premiered their video – ‘A day in the life of a practitioner’ and concluded with a Q&A session.

Back in May last year Calderdale College and North Edinburgh Childcare joined forces and began working in partnership. Eighteen students on the Foundation Degree in Early Years course visited North Edinburgh Childcare in April 2013 to learn about the Curriculum for Excellence which is now in place in Scotland. North Edinburgh Childcare is a forward thinking organisation who actively embraces equal opportunities and social inclusion; this partnership enabled staff and students to gain hands-on experience and share best practice.  

North Edinburgh Childcare were also present at the event and visited the College and local nurseries in the area throughout the day to continue to share best practice and gave a presentation on the curriculum for excellence in the evening.

Maureen McLachlan, Early Years Lecturer at the College said: “The evening was fantastic for networking. The students got an amazing amount of information about the Scottish curriculum in comparison to ours which gave them a new pair of eyes to look at what we do. From that they have got lots of best practice that they can take into their own work settings and put into practice to see if they can get the same results as they do in Scotland. It was a two-way process, because North Edinburgh Childcare got the same from the students and employers that attended the event and were very impressed and inspired by the students’ work settings they visited, so much so, they have taken some of the ideas back to Scotland with them. The Scottish Government are in the process of writing a new Early Years policy and North Edinburgh Childcare are going to be using and inputting what they have seen during the visit here into the policy.”

If you would like more information about our BA (Hons) Early Years (top-up) & Early Years Foundation Degree courses please call 01422 399 316 or click here.

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