Apprentices Go for Gold with Rio Olympics Scarecrow Competition 31 - Aug - 2016

Our apprentices have been having a fantastic time celebrating the Rio Olympics by creating their own scarecrow Olympic villages.


Learners currently undertaking a childcare apprenticeship with Busy Bees Early Years Training Academy embraced the spirit of the games by recreating their favourite Olympic heroes in the form of scarecrows!
These Olympic villages popped up in nurseries across the country, with athletes including Mo Farah, Charlotte Dujardin, Bradley Wiggins and Greg Rutherford making appearances, showing the creativity, passion and love of fun our apprentices have.

Because the standard of entries was so high, we decided to award four prizes to our talented builders. Congratulations to Tibbi Tots nursery in Southport and Busy Bees nurseries in Guiseley, Birmingham Dartmouth Circus and Bitteswell who have each won a chocolate hamper to enjoy with their teams.


Fay Gibbin, Training Manager at Busy Bees Early Years Training Academy, said:

“The 2016 summer Olympics in Rio are a great excuse to hold a competition involving our learners, staff and children in nursery. We’ve seen some real effort put into the scarecrow villages and the apprentices have been especially creative with the themes – it was brilliant for the children to get involved too.

“This competition not only required the learners to put their practical and artistic skills to the test, but the storytelling aspect of the chosen theme played a big part in choosing our winners. We wanted to give the prizes to people who had put a lot of thought into their villages and looked at how the appearance of their scarecrows related back to their story. Having the ability to capture children’s imaginations is a fundamental part of becoming a childcare practitioner and this is why we place a lot of importance on storytelling in the nurseries day-to-day.”