Signing out, from the UK with love

24 Nov 2017

Writing this final blog post back in the UK, where it is currently 2 degrees and decidedly miserable outside, it's hard to imagine that earlier this month we were actually on the other side of the world enjoying the warmth of Singapore in all its forms; the weather, the food and the people!

On our final day, we were invited to Busy Bees Asia’s brand new Head Office premises where each participant delivered a presentation to the curriculum and operations teams on their experience; how this will influence them as practitioners and what they would be sharing back in their settings and beyond. For some of the team, this was the first time they had ever done any form of public speaking. I felt a bit like a proud Mum as they all delivered interesting, well-presented and engaging reflections that were very well-received by our colleagues in Singapore.

Since arriving back home, we have already started the process of sharing our incredible experience. Some of the team have carried out staff meetings at their own settings while others have presented at regional manager’s meetings. Each participant has a range of ideas that they are looking forward to implementing. These include different approaches to engage parents further in their children’s learning, looking at innovative teaching methods to spark children’s curiosity for learning and new ways in which we can support children’s early mathematic and handwriting skills. Several of the team are going to start by introducing some Montessori-style practical life activities into their rooms. These activities support children’s fine motor skills and also encourage them to be independent and will be a quick and easy way to start making a difference. Other ideas will take more time to implement effectively and we are looking forward to meeting up in the new year to see how far we have got and share our dissemination so far. I was lucky enough to support one of the participants at their Ofsted inspection this week. The inspectors was so interested to hear about the opportunity that Busy Bees had given us and could see already how she was making a difference with her project.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about our programme and it has given an insight into how Busy Bees operates across the globe to ensure we are delivering the best possible outcomes.