Local students from Cornwall and Devon have joined forces to provide an Easter themed story time for nursery children.
FdA Early Years and Vocational & Work-related Studies students along with the College Learning Centre from Cornwall College Saltash invited children from Flying Start nursery onto campus to the learning centre for some Easter activities.
Vocational & Work-related Studies students had created the Easter scene where the children sat and were read to by FdA Early Years students.
Following the story time, the children were invited into the College garden to take part in an electronic Easter egg hunt before being allowed to take an egg home each.
Flying Start Nursery Nurse, Jane Wells, it is a “great relationship we have with Cornwall College Saltash”.
“We like to get out and about in the local community to build links. We also came to the College for a Christmas story time which was magical,” she continued.
“The children really like how the learning centre is decorated and they recognise the students from when they come and spend time with us.”
Learning Centre Lead & Facilitator at Cornwall College Saltash, Catherine Marley, said it was a “great opportunity for the Learning Centre, Vocational Learning and Early Years students to work in collaboration with our local community.”
“We held the first story time at Christmas, we were really pleased to be able to hold the second event. It’s a really fun event for everyone involved.”
Vocational & Work-related Studies Lecturer, Pip Day, said the Pathway To Employment learners “thoroughly enjoyed working alongside the Learning Centre staff and Early Years learners to produce another iterative scene.”
“Their assignment was to design and make a scene for the children from Flying Start using found items. The learners created papier mache eggs filled with eggs filled with treats to hang on the tree sourced from Antony House as well as a very large humpty sitting on a wall.”
All items were made from recycled items and an action bound treasure hunt for the children was held in the garden.
Lecturer for FdA Early Years at Cornwall College Saltash, Tracy Gearon, said it was a great opportunity for foundation degree students studying Early Childhood Studies to work with early years children from Flying Start Nursery.
“The students engaged with the children with their storytelling skills by reading children’s favourite stories, including the Snail and the Whale and Monkey Puzzle,” she said.
“Our students felt that the experience of completing an ICT egg hunt following the story time fitted really well with their current stories as they are focusing on how to include ICT effectively within early years education.”