At Saffrons Park Nursery we are lucky to have two early years teachers, that have a masters degree. This enables us to undertake our own research within our setting, in order to develop areas further. Our research projects also support staff’s professional development.
At Saffrons Park Nursery we wanted to develop a learning environment where the children were the centre of all we do. We carried out a ‘case study’ research project where we looked closely into different learning environments and different interpretations of what is meant by play. We were able to compare the Reggio Emilia approach and the Froebel approach to early years, in order to develop an approach that was unique to Saffrons Park Nursery.
As a setting we wanted to deliver forest school sessions to our children, however we did not own a forest. We therefore wanted to research how the forest school’s approach would benefit our children and we wanted to see if we could deliver these sessions within our own garden. As part of the research we looked into the views of the children, in order to develop our garden further. The research project was called ‘What is the child’s experience of a forest school approach as introduced to our early years setting?’ This research project was carried out by our Forest School’s teacher as part of her masters degree.
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” (Benjamin Franklin)