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

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

The teachers were divided into teams and watched videos of the activities of the children in nursery. Referring to the publications “EYFS Aims” and “Development is Important” the teachers observed the effective learning characteristics of the children. They then recorded those observations.

Sharron then reviewed the observations and 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 with the EYFS child development records and 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 understandi,ng of the British EYFS framework that they have achieved. It is important that nurseries with CPD certified teachers advance to take part in 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 thus 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.