At Harvard Park we are now part of Forest School and ECAT and PALS:We as a Forest School have demonstrated success with children of all ages who visit the same local woodlands/parks on a regular basis and through play, who have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others. Forest School programmes run throughout the year, going to the local park in all weathers (except for high winds). Children use full sized tools, play, learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, establish and grow in confidence, self-esteem and become self motivated.
Firstly, the interactions between adults and children in an ECAT setting are of a high quality. Practitioners are skilled in using positive interaction strategies both 1:1 and in small groups when playing and talking with children in their care. Children are able to freely communicate their thoughts and ideas and feel listened to and valued. Secondly, because practitioners are skilled in using positive interaction strategies, they are able to monitor and track the children effectively and make early identifications of any children who seem to be finding communication difficult. Thirdly, the space and resources both indoors and out will have been considered to maximise opportunities for children to seek out and have positive interactions both with adults and with each other. Finally, an ECAT setting will be continually developing a positive partnership with parents. It will strive to engage them with the messages of early language development and share with them ways in which they can help their children at home.
We use PALS to help solve problems that arise in social situations, PALS uses stories that incorporate puppets, videos, songs, probe questions and role-play activities. Find out how Kate the kookaburra, Anna the kangaroo and Jack the koala can make learning about social harmony lots of fun! For use with small groups of sixâ€“eight children or can be adapted for use with a whole class. Each of the 10 sessions focuses on one of 10 skill areas, building up to the more complex skills required for competent social interaction. Helps educators/carers identify significant problems that may require further intervention.