Opening speech by Director Yin
Speech by Mrs Joy QiaoFollowing the introductions, Fiona Carter, the Director of Academics for Early Years presented on the ways in which Huili Nurseries are building on the Chinese Framework with key principles of the English EYFS curriculum and used images and examples of practice to demonstrate how this is being developed. The way in which the curriculum is delivered, through child - centred approaches where free choice and play is at the heart of teaching methods is critical and is reflected in learning environments, outdoor play and daily routines. Moreover, the focus on how young children learn rather than just what they are learning was the main topic of discussion and included an explanation of the Characteristics of Effective Learning. These are weaved into all points of the day plus explained to parents as the real foundations for a lifelong love of learning and for children to reach their true potential. The presentation finished on the importance of working with our families and the weekly and termly events which help to inform parents of how to support their child at home.13843167612
Lecture by Mrs Fiona CarterThe main part of the morning was spent touring the nursery and the children were delighted to explain what they were doing in English and in Chinese. The visitors appeared impressed with the learning environment which plays a crucial role in the approach and model of bilingual teaching as well as asking lots of questions on practical issues such as children sleeping and how they were supported to be independent in their learning. After the tour, there was an opportunity for the Head of Nursery, Vanessa Szucs-Hussain and her deputy, Yuki Gong to answer questions about how they monitor the quality of teaching and learning in their school and the ways in which they support both Chinese and Ex Pat teachers to reflect the Huili values of Courage, Respect, Integrity, Kindness and Responsibility. Director Yin and other Chinese colleagues ended the morning by talking about the importance of Early Years education in China and that such collaborations are critical if improvements are continued to be made. As Shanghai is such a cosmopolitan city, it has the opportunity to lead not only bilingual education in China but around the world, such is the unique nature of the development of this model of education. Working with partners like Huili was suggested as a highly effective way to build on the foundations already made and the whole group are looking forward to future communications from joint kindergarten visits to action research and the publications of articles on theory and practice.