We started our Adventure with Alice at the beginning of 2019 with the Curiosity Adventure. Quite quickly our staff were finding interesting provocations, parents were collecting keys, mashers and different textured balls for us. The nursery was buzzing with items of curiosity. Staff were enjoying watching clips from the training video in their weekly room meetings. The videos have been easy to access on nursery I pads. This has encouraged reflection and more specific discussion on what they are learning each day on the adventure.
Parents quickly became involved on our adventures with our Superhero Family Day this was a suggestion from this excellent training Resource, that was new , quirky and full of learning but most importantly motivates all our practitioners.
We are now about to finish adventure three and so far we have introduced wow moments, bonding bags, more individual welcome songs, provocations which promote Curiosity , Inquiry and Discovery, plus many more exciting and unusual ways to promote child development in the nursery setting.
New staff that have started have enjoyed using the adventures as part of their induction. Being able to use this resource throughout induction has been a perfect way to encourage what we expect to see at our nursery.
The Adventures with Alice so far, has encouraged our practitioners to be inspired, have fun and see what a difference they are making to the care and education they are providing within our setting.
From my point of view as a manager leading this training, I have found this to be exciting motivational and a fantastic tool to be able to continue my staff’s learning every day.
What other training tool can get a full staff team “wearing teddy bears” to work.
We have begun trialing the new “Adventures with Alice” at two of our nurseries where we have welcomed very new teams and managers. LEYF are very aligned to the Alice Sharp approach to Early Years and have sent many of our teachers up to Glasgow to receive her training in person.
When we saw this new resource for staff CPD we couldn’t wait to try it out, it seemed obvious that having a virtual Alice attending our team staff meetings and training sessions might be a great approach to enhance our teachers CPD.
We have been delighted with the progress that the trial nurseries for Adventures with Alice have made so far, I have seen teacher’s knowledge and skills grow from participating in the staff meetings which Alice has virtually led through the training films. Teachers have deepened their understanding of pedagogy and are beginning to appreciate the importance of why we do what we do in an outstanding Early Years setting. The think and discuss prompts really help the teachers to understand and apply the theory and information that Alice shares.
The most notable shift in the quality has ben the interactions between teachers and their children, where the teachers are providing exciting and interesting provocations, and using resources in far more enticing ways, which in turn is making our children far more curious and has led to far more interesting teaching and learning.
The Managers have commented on how easy it is to facilitate the training, one team use a laptop and projector, our smaller team have gathered around a large monitor. The discussions and conversations that the training has prompted have been really enlightening for the managers too as it has helped to highlight areas of strength and areas for development.
The accompanying magazines have been very popular with the teachers and room leaders too, especially as they continue to share new ideas and provide suggestions for ways to further develop their practice and provision.
We will strongly be encouraging more of our nurseries to sign up for Adventures with Alice!
The most notable shift in the quality has been the interactions between teachers and their children, where the teachers are providing exciting and interesting provocations, and using resources in far more enticing ways, which in turn is making our children far more curious and has led to far more interesting teaching and learning.