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DYW Interesting Practice – Ferguslie – Pre-Five Centre: Skills Development in Early Years

pwp_2896Ferguslie Pre-Five Centre, this year’s Scottish Education Award winner in the category ‘Employability across Learning’,  provides a skills based learning approach for children from 3 – 5 years, actively seeking to connect learning to the world of work whenever possible.  Through a variety of play contexts and in connection with professionals and local businesses they engage in projects that inspire enterprising attitudes and creativity.  At the same time it introduces children to a range of jobs people hold within the wider community.

pwp_3132Children are at the heart of this approach, influencing the direction of projects by leading the learning.   Some examples include the creation of a ‘dog house’, their business venture, the ‘Rainbow Café’ for the local community and creating a nursery newspaper.

The Tackling Poverty agenda has further motivated staff to support children in developing the necessary skills and confidence to succeed. The opportunities and experiences put ipwp_3552n place in partnership with parents supports the develop of skills for everyone involved ensuring that no matter their stage of development they are equipped to lead their own learning and celebrate their achievements.

Judith Thomas, head of the centre says:  “At Ferguslie Pre-Five Centre our children have a natural curiosity about the world around them and we, as a staff, have put an increased emphasis on the development of children’s skills through play.  They engage in projects that develops a depth of learning and to scaffold this, we connect to and work with businesses and professions.  Local schools and colleges also  support the projects children engage in and they understand who can help them achieve.”   Partners and parents make valuable contributions to the curriculum and opportunities to involve the local community in children’s learning are maximised. ”

The holistic approach taken by the centre to developing skills and engaging children in play around the world of work providpwp_2676es inspiration and creative engagement opportunities that fosters positive attitudes for learning, life and work, important stepping stones for career education from 3 – 18.

Hear more about the nursery’s approach to developing skills for learning, life and work employability by accessing the following interview with Judith and her staff: ttps://youtu.be/FMZ0v2bmuPQ


Additional resource:

2016 Scottish Learning Festival presentation:  career-education-at-ferguslie-pre-five-centre


The 2016 AMES conference will be held on Saturday 4 June at ForthAMES Valley College, Stirling. The theme for the conference is ‘How good is our Creativity?’ The title takes its inspiration from Education Scotland’s How Good is Our School? (4th edition) — which prioritises Creativity and Employability — as well as Creative Scotland’s ambitions for a thriving artistic, media and creative culture.

Full details of the programme, fees and registration form can be downloaded at http://ames.scot/resources/pdf/AMESConferenceFlyer2016.pdf.

It would be much appreciated if applications were made as early as possible and by Monday 30 May at the latest.

AMES gratefully acknowledges financial support from Scottish Film Education and Into Film

How good is our school? – Increasing creativity

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How good is our school? provides a suite of quality indicators that support staff in all sectors to scrutinise their work and evaluate what is working well for learners and what could be better. It is a key aspect of the Scottish approach to school improvement and supports self-evaluation and reflection by practitioners at all levels.


The 4th edition was launched at this year’s Scottish Learning Festival and features a new quality indicator – Increasing creativity and employability – that will help schools across Scotland to embed progression in skills for learning, life and work in young people’s learning.. To support this, Education Scotland’s Creativity Team have developed two new infographics that can help you quickly understand What are creativity skills?, and identify the national and local support to Unlock your creativity. The infographics can be printed and shared freely.


Join the Creativity Professional Learning Community on Glow or visit the Education Scotland website for more information.

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