The BIEA summer school on early years education ended on the 19th of August after nine days of activity. The teachers had many discussions with British nursery schoolteachers and principals. They gained an understanding the British forest education curriculum and the management practice in general carried out in British nurseries.

EYFS expert, Claire Berridge, gave a talk on early years British educational practice concerning those children under the age of three.

British forest education practitioner, Ingrid Chen, gave a lecture regarding the delivery of the curriculum to the study group, many questions regarding forest education were proposed. How do teachers perform risk assessments in the outdoor venues prior to preparing for a forest themed class? What rules should there be when holding outdoor classes? Is there a classic game related to forest education practice?

The teachers attended a forest class at London’s Lion Square Park to help them understand what problems could be encountered when delivering such a class.

The study tour has given the teachers a better understanding or the internationally recognised British early years education system and its integration within the EYFS framework. The teachers visited The Little Angel Nursery, a very well-resourced establishment, and whilst they learnt how UK nurseries deal with child accidents and mishaps. At the well-respected Willow Children’s Centre the study group experienced organising and developing outdoor activities for children. At the Holland Park Pre-Prep Nursery in West London the teachers had an interview with the Bursar there, Phil Chilling, and were given examples of documenting the learning and development details of a child’s growth.

Study abroad enhances a teacher’s understanding of any advances concerning the development of education practice internationally. The British educational framework is on of the most recognised early years educational systems. The BIEA has been organising UK tours for overseas early years educators, which has enabled them to be at the front of current British educational practice. The BIEA anticipates that more visits to British nurseries will be organised in future to inspire early years teachers from around the world to develop new teaching methods and to support overseas nurseries in implementing the British EYFS framework in meeting BIEA’s Early Years Learning Qualification (ELQ) standards.