Oakwood Work Showcased at Early Excellence Grand Opening

Work created by children in Oakwood’s Foundation Stage will be exhibited in the grand opening of a new Early Excellence centre this week.

The nationally recognised centre, currently based in Huddersfield, has this week unveiled a second space in London.  The new studio is a unique space packed with innovative ideas to inspire best practice in Early Years and Key Stage 1. 

Oakwood’s long-term partnership with the Early Excellence centre in Huddersfield has led to the continued development of quality EYFS settings at the school - Where work created by one of Oakwood’s young, aspiring photographers, Dianna, will be showcased later this year. 

Foundation Stage leader, Maeve Birdsall and Reception teacher Jasmine Priestley have been invited to the grand opening of the new centre: where work from 10 students in Oakwood’s Foundation Stage will be displayed.  A special focus will be placed on work produced following Nursery child, Aminah's, interest in the local flats; including paintings, photos and stories, which led to map work of the local area.

Oakwood has been able to benefit from the partnership by following best practice guidance to inform active and independent learning.  Maeve and Jasmine, who recently led a Saturday forum at the centre, also gave a talk at the studio opening in March.

Maeve said: “We reflect on our practice and evaluate our approach especially when preparing a talk. We feel that in order to share what we do effectively, we have to be clear about what we do, why we do it that way and how we do it.

“We also have opportunities to try out their resources, especially new lines, which means the children have the chance to play and explore new, open ended resources. The pride and sense of achievement children feel from the collaboration is great, and regular visits to Huddersfield mean that we learn from other settings and displays there.”

Oakwood looks forward to working with the new London centre to continue providing excellent Early Years practice.