I had SUCH a good time in my role as Fairy Folk Finder. It a project with massive potential. I took my camera to get some photographs and of course got so engrossed in the delivery that I didn't manage to take any!
I have asked the ladies at Waterloo to send me the ones they took so when they do I will post more info about how we see the project working and what we have done so far.
On Monday this week I was working with the Early Years Department of a large primary school in Salford with 86 FS children
The school have not long since finished some re-modelling and the EY now have a huge space at their disposal. On the one hand this is fantastic as the potential for creating ' unique ' areas is huge, but on the other hand it is a real challenge to plan for, staff and resource. Sally, the EY Coordinator, has a really strong vision for what she wants to do with the space and accepts that it is a long term journey that she will not have done by next week! The team have made real progress so far.
I really enjoyed working with the team and found myself getting carried away with the potential of the space. I think I made Sally's head hurt!
Although the ideal for this setting would be to move to daily planning, the logistics and staffing at the moment mean that it would actually end up being less effective if they tried to implement it now than what they are doing at the moment.
They currently use a weekly planner that feeds directly from the previous weeks assessment and any children's preferences for learning that have been picked up.
The whole team sit down together and discuss each section of the planner in turn and that is how they create the skeleton of the next weeks plan. Staff can then amend and enhance on a daily basis as necessary.
I know that lots of settings are still weekly planners so thought you might find it useful to have a look at it. Thanks to Sally and Liam (Head) for the permission to blog it and Ann for creating it!
If anyone has a format they would like to share – please feel free to email it to me (email@example.com) or upload it to the blog.