Our apprentices have been having a fantastic time celebrating National Play Day, the national day for play, which champions the importance of children having a childhood filled with playful activities.
Learners currently undertaking a childcare apprenticeship with Busy Bees Early Years Training Academy were invited to create their own concept for a game and put their idea into practice with the children in our nurseries.
The winners from Busy Bees nursery in Newcastle were Level 2 Early Years apprentices, Will Thompson and Taylor Pyne, who developed a fantastic game called ‘Jump Froggy Jump’, which aims to promote the development of expressive arts and design, communication and language and physical development in the nursery children as part of the EYFS. The children pretended that they were frogs trying to cross a river to reach their home on the other side, which took the form of a large log in the nursery garden, and were tasked with using their physical abilities to traverse the ‘river’ by jumping across.
For this great invention, they were rewarded with a selection of games for the nursery and also a £50 Love2Shop voucher.
Fay Gibbin, Training Manager at Busy Bees Early Years Training Academy, explains:
“The National Play Day event is a great opportunity to remind people of the importance of bringing fun, joy and play into our children’s lives. Childcare is a vocation that requires a lot of passion and determination and our apprentices have this in abundance – they showed an ability to think on their feet which is a great trait to have in this industry.
“Will and Taylor’s entry was a fantastic example of using creativity as well as a firm understanding of the EYFS to make learning and development exciting for the children in the nursery, as well as broadening their own education and training. We strive to offer interesting and exciting ways for our apprentices to learn and it is clear from the high standard of entries that there is a great deal of talent in our apprentices across the country.”