As you know, 3 of the teachers from our school got the amazing opportunity to visit Italy last week, with teachers from other NPAT schools, to look at the Early Years and Pre-School provision in Italy. It was a very exciting trip and it was really useful in giving us ideas, sharing practice and reflecting on our own classroom environments and routines.
Here are some images from the pre-schools we visited:
In the region of Italy we visited school is compulsory from 6 years old, but a lot of children go to pre-schools from the age of 12 months onwards, where the emphasis is on child-led education. The schools we visited had children from 1 to 6 years. The schools were keen that the children had experience of fine art and nature and were very much involved in being part of the whole town community.
We had a very busy week, visiting schools, working with other teachers and learning about the culture of Bologna. It will be interesting to see if you notice any changes happening to our own environment in the next few weeks!