University Centre Stamford degree students, Tiffany Vawser and Kelly Hoggart have been putting what they’ve learnt in to practice, making vast changes to their setting and its approach to learning since studying their degree.
Tiffany and Kelly work at Busy Bee’s nursery in Bourne and are currently studying the Foundation Degree in Professional Studies (Early Childhood) alongside their day job.
After studying the Montessori Theory during their course, Tiffany and Kelly impressed their management by implementing the ‘Curiosity Approach’ in their areas.
The Montessori Theory is a method of childhood education that is based on self-directed activity, hands on learning and collaborative play in which children make creative choices in their learning.
Following Tiffany and Kelly’s lead, Busy Bees have cut down the number of plastic toys available to children and have introduced more natural, real-life objects that can be used to create a range of combination of different shapes/creations to engage the child’s absorbent mind, helping them become more creative and even help improve their verbal skills.
Toys that have been introduced include wooden toys, natural objects, traditional phones, and wooden parts.
The success of this initiative has led the management at Busy Bees Nursery to implement the ‘Curiosity Approach’ to other areas in their nursery.
The Foundation Degree in Professional Studies (Early Childhood) at University Centre Stamford are designed to be studied without you having to leave work – in fact they work alongside your career and allow you to relate theory to practice and implement what you have learnt in the classroom, just like Tiffany and Kelly did!
For more information about The Foundation Degree in Professional Studies click here.