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Teacher working on pupils' creative skills

Encouraging creative and physical skills in children

Practitioners at Aberporth Bilingual Playgroup provide fun, stimulating activities that build upon children’s interests and questions. A performance area was introduced to develop children’s language and confidence when talking to others or when singing and using musical instruments. The creative area also provides practitioners with a greater insight into the development and progress of the children’s fine motor skills. They use exciting games to develop specific physical skills like spatial awareness and adjusting speed and direction. Read more >

Teacher using puppets with students

Using puppets to promote children’s emotional understanding

Staff at Cylch Meithrin Hermon use puppets to help children understand their emotions. The puppets allow the children to develop their personal and social skills by thinking about how their actions affect the feelings of the other children. Using puppets has helped create a warm and welcoming family ethos. Nearly all children are becoming aware of different feelings and emotions. Children’s behaviour is managed in a positive and constructive way. Read more >

Teacher teaching welsh to class

Developing Welsh language skills for early years learning

Practitioners at Aberporth Bilingual Playgroup use routine activities to introduce Welsh language and phrases. This helps children develop their understanding and responses progressively. Practitioners use Welsh language songs and read stories to the children in Welsh. The staff are good language models and develop the children’s understanding of Welsh exceptionally well. Most children make excellent progress in understanding and using the Welsh language on a daily basis. Read more >

Teacher training

Improving professional development

Leaders at Little Stars Day Nursery use a skills matrix to identify individual and group training needs. This ensures a consistent approach across the nursery. New members of the team develop quickly and all practitioners strive to improve the performance of others. Staff are highly motivated to improve their skills which has a very positive impact on children’s outcomes. Staff are confident that their voice is heard, and this helps them feel valued and respected. Read more >