Early years teachers from all over China obtained British Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certificates at a BIEA training course on August 15th 2019.

Sharron Fogarty, BIEA’s head of EYFS teaching, delivered the training based on three modules – observation, evaluation, and planning.

The teachers were divided into teams and asked to watch videos of the activities of some children in a nursery. Referring to the publication’s “EYFS Aims” and “Development is Important”, the teachers observed the effective learning characteristics of the children and recorded those observations.

Sharron reviewed the observations, then explained and clarified any key points that the teachers had failed to note. Sharron found that the teachers were unfamiliar in linking the EYFS observation record switch the EYFS child development records, she then explained how to link this with the development goals.

Sharron believes that: “This kind of simulation teaching method can quickly test the teachers’ understanding of EYFS related knowledge and help to place that EYFS content closer to the actual teaching needs as well as supporting the Chinese teachers in integrating EYFS methods into their teaching.” Sharron also explained real-time planning for EYFS teaching methods.

The BIEA E-League EYFS themed training conforms to the British CPD standard. Each participating teacher earns CPD credits to prove the depth of understanding of the British EYFS framework that they have achieved. It is important that nurseries with CPD certified teachers advance to take part in the Early Years League Qualification (ELQ) accreditation that is developed by the BIEA.

With the extensive promotion of BIEA accredited nurseries, more teachers will participate in EYFS training and obtain the CPD qualification. BIEA E-League will continue to improve the course content of the EYFS training, thereby enabling more early years teachers to obtain certification, and more nurseries to become ELQ compliant.

The teachers involved in the training also visited the Beijing Royal Care International Kindergarten.