Teachers currently working with ages 1-6 years old in Baby Acorns and Acorns British Style Nursery were chosen to take part in the recent Acorns London Training Experience, from 1-4 May 2014. This opportunity was organised by Valentina Secara, General Manager of Acorns Foundation and Fiona Dutu, Head Teacher, with the aims of providing their teachers with:
A unique training/cultural experience to enhance their professional development
The chance to observe best practice in outstanding’ nurseries in England
An opportunity to improve English language skills
Teambuilding and personal development opportunities
During the trip, members of the Acorns team visited 4 nurseries chosen for their “Outstanding” performance by Ofsted. During the visits, Acorns teachers had the chance to look around the nursery and see how it was organised, the way in which the learning environment was arranged for the children, the way in which activities are planned and delivered by teachers, how records on the children are kept and how this information is shared with parents.
Acorns would like to thank Blois Meadow Day Nursery, Letterbox Nursery, Nanny Jo’s and Seymour House Day Nursery management and staff for welcoming the teachers, for taking the time to share information with them and for their professionalism.
Following their visit to childcare settings, Acorns teachers shared their experiences and impressions with the rest of the team, making suggestions as to which ideas seen on their visit could be put into practice in Acorns in order to benefit the children in the nusery in Romania:
“This experience made it possible for us to have a shared vision about how a British nursery should look and how to put Early Years education into practice... it also made us feel confident that we’ve already been doing the right things.”
“It made our team stronger by giving us the opportunity to live and spend time together in another setting.”
“It was an opportunity to learn and experience something new and to improve my own professional and personal development.”