- 22 Nov 2019
The Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) Innovation Awards scheme highlights innovative initiatives which improve children’s learning, and then develop them further through extra funding and support.
Winning projects from round one are listed below. Each setting recieved £5,000 to further develop their innovative ideas.
More detailed information on each project is also attached.
Bowhouse Early Learning and Childcare, Falkirk
Bowhouse ELC has been working to develop a methodology, using national guidance for early learning and childcare Building the Ambition, to ensure that children's learning and development is at the core of all they do. This has involved the development of a charter, defining their promise to children and families.
Clober Nursery, East Dunbartonshire
Clober Nursery has expanded its use of outdoor play and learning. Children have been given the opportunity to develop a range of skills through activities such as growing their own food, using tools to build a fence and building a bug hotel.
Innerwick Early Years Setting, East Lothian
Staff at Innerwick Early Years Setting are using a methodology called Map-Do-Review to give children a greater voice through play in the decision-making process.
This enables children to make a plan of their next stage of learning and go back and review it when they are ready to do so with adult help.
Menstrie Nursery, Clackmannanshire
At Menstrie Nursery, children set up their own café with help from a local café owner. The children worked as a team to create menus and prepare and serve food.
The project has helped create stronger links between the nursery and local community, and helped develop children's numeracy, literacy, and health and wellbeing.
Treetop Family Nurture Centre (FNC), Fife
Treetop FNC staff noticed some children were starting school with a deficit in their language and communications skills. In partnership with an NHS speech and language therapist, they developed a strategy to improve children’s literacy skills.
Staff worked with NHS speech and language therapists and as a result saw an improvement in children's communication skills.
Village Nursery, Scottish Borders
Village Nursey developed a mentoring programme for staff to develop their confidence, skills and knowledge.
Experienced staff supported new staff through the development of a series of factsheets covering key areas in early years.