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Weekly Edition - Published  08 September 2016


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Southport Nursery Apprentices Go For Gold in Rio Olympics Competition

LEARNERS, staff and children at Tibbi Tots nursery in Southport are celebrating being crowned one of the winners of a competition organised by Busy Bees Early Years Training Academy by creating their very own scarecrow themed Olympic villages in celebration of the Rio 2016 Olympics.

A number of creations were made by the nursery staff, including Advanced Early Years apprentice Kayleigh Griffiths and Intermediate Early Years apprentices Nicole Johnson and Alainnah Waterworth, with athletes such as Bradley Wiggins, Charlotte Dujardin and Greg Rutherford making an appearance in the scarecrow village. Because of the high standard of entries, four prizes were awarded to the talented teams of builders, with the other three recipients being Busy Bees nurseries at Bitteswell Montessori, Guiseley and Birmingham Dartmouth Circus. Each of the talented winners will receive a chocolate hamper to share with their teams.

Speaking of their success, nursery manager, Sharon Mackenzie said:- "I'm incredibly proud of the creativity displayed by our staff and we had a fantastic day as a team working with the children to create and build the scarecrows for the competition. The activity was truly enjoyable and to see the hard work and dedication that our nursery staff put into their role rewarded is so pleasing. We'd like to thank Busy Bees Training Academy for developing a fantastic idea to help us all get into the spirit of the Games!"

Busy Bees Early Years Training Academy, part of the wider Busy Bees group, which provides apprenticeships and training opportunities across the childcare, management and catering sectors for learners both in Busy Bees and non-Busy Bees settings, regularly commissions such competitions to inspire its learners to think on their feet and show the importance of up and coming talent getting creative through playful activities.

Fay Gibbin, Training Manager at Busy Bees Training, 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 was a big part in our decision to choose a winner. We wanted to give the prizes away to people who had put a lot of thought into their villages and look 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."


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