March 2018 – Erasmus Plus visit to France by CACHE staff and students
The aim of this Erasmus Plus funded project is for participants to experience a vocational subject area and conduct work experience in a different European country.
Due to the decline in the Welsh PISA results over the last decade in Wales, which has caused great concern and resulted in extensive research and increased development of initiatives for improval, a group of 10 CACHE students and 4 lecturers chose to look at an alternative approach to Literacy and Numeracy within an Early Years setting at educational institutions and businesses in Clermont-Ferrand in France.
Over their 10 day visit, the participants spent most of their time working at a French Early Years nursery observing and participating in daily activities and paying particular attention to key educational approaches such as active involvement ,differentiation and assessment for learning. This enabled them not only to gain valuable work experience at a professional childcare setting, but also allowed them to visit the further education college where their peers were studying and learn more about the approach to FE education in France as well.
Most of the participants are now progressing onto HE education at University to study Primary Education so the intention was for them to reflect on the French principles they researched and then to cascade their findings to peers and into settings on their return to Wales.
As a result of this visit, the CACHE team have now devised an early years ‘baby care’ role play area within the faculty as this was one of the things that they saw in action in France which they felt would be beneficial for our students at Bridgend College.