EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage)
practice across Victoria Academies Trust
For those who already know that they definitely want to teach Early Years, training with Central England Teacher Training offers amazing opportunities. Students can choose to take the specialized EYFS route into teaching, and can learn from Early Years experts within Victoria Academies Trust, as well as benefit from the innovative practice taking place across the Trust.
EYFS at Victoria Academies Trust
The EYFS curriculum taught at Victoria Academies Trust has a strong focus on creative and child-led learning. Nicky, Director of EYFS across the Trust, explains, “we believe that independence and ownership of learning can be developed right from the very beginning of child’s educational journey. We encourage independence through choice; for example, when learning through play, the children can choose the direction they take by choosing the method of play from within a wide range of learning zones both indoors and outdoors
The methods for creative and child led learning develop further through ‘learning challenges’. To begin each challenge, teachers frame what it is that the children are going to be learning about, and reveal what the ‘outcome’ of the learning will be. The outcome is always a real task, event or experience that will eventually be completed, and which the children will be working towards. The journey that pupils take towards this outcome is co-constructed by the teacher and the children, through discussion and mind-mapping ideas. In this way the children are involved from the beginning in choosing the direction the learning will take.
The Early Years practice within Victoria Academies Trust is dedicated to providing creative and purposeful learning for children in order to help them to develop key skills such as independence, self-regulation and resilience, and therefore afford them with the best possible start to their educational journey. The Trust as a whole is dedicated to innovative practice and high quality continued professional development at EYFS level and beyond, and also has its own EYFS Network focused on moderation and sharing best practice.
Learning from Expert Practitioners
Victoria Academies Trust has its own Director of EYFS, Nicky Clements, who leads the sessions specific to Early Years teaching for Central England Teacher Training. Her expertise in the field also sees her running workshops at national conferences, as well as writing a popular blog on EYFS practice called ‘fire starting’ (due to her desire to ‘light fires’ of interest and passion for learning). She takes a keen interest in all developments concerning cutting edge EYFS theory and practice, and works to support everyone who trains and works in Early Years within Victoria Academies Trust in delivering state-of-the-art provision.
As well as receiving training from Nicky, CETT students taking the EYFS route benefit from observing and working alongside outstanding Early Years teachers, learning from them on a day-to-day basis within the classroom setting.