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The College recently hosted an interactive exhibition at our Isleworth Campus which featured work from our students studying the Foundation Degree in Early Years, which runs in collaboration with Kingston University.

The exhibition was assesssed as part of their course, where students explored historical and international perspectives which have shaped and challenged the education system in England. 

The two practices of focus were:

1. Maria Montessori and her perspectives and influence in Early Years Education.
2. Forest School pedagogy and its impact on learning in Early Years.

The students identified and examined historical perspectives, international educational systems, philosophies, ideologies, and the impact of pedagogy and different practices within the field of Early Years, and incorporated these within their exhibi. Students showed how these can be advocated in a range of ways to the wider community.

One student, Humaira Sadiq, said: "I really enjoyed the exhibition. It has developed my confidence and I have learnt more about the skills needed for Early Years. I will bring the skills and knowledge into my settings and share this with my colleagues, including how to setup activities and how to encourage children to be independent.”

Another studentSophia Dorman, said: ”This exhibition has provided me with a wealth of knowledge. I have acquired extensive knowledge about how the settings at Forest Schools positively influence children’s development. It is satisfying to witness the dedication and collaboration of my classmates and how we work together. I am so proud to be part of the team and to see what we have achieved collectively.”

Carolyn Moncrieffe, Director of Health Care and Science, said: “The exhibition showcased the wealth of knowledge students have gained while conducting research and making links to their previous learning experiences.

There was a real sense of collaborative working amongst the team. Their passion and enthusiasm to their studies and practice was evident as they shared their rationale for the areas they focused on and the impact they have in their practice and pedagogy.

It was really encouraging to see the support from setting managers, Early Years practitioners and family members, who attended the exhibition.”

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