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Nursery workers to visit Iceland to share early years teaching ideas

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: October 02, 2013

WRAPPED UP:  The team from Naturally Learning's nurseries prepare to jet off to Iceland. Mandy Richardson, Judith Chapman, Kate Maynard, Rebecca Jane and Janet Pollard.

WRAPPED UP: The team from Naturally Learning's nurseries prepare to jet off to Iceland. Mandy Richardson, Judith Chapman, Kate Maynard, Rebecca Jane and Janet Pollard.

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A GROUP of nursery workers from St Austell are preparing to wrap up warm as they set off on a trip to Iceland to meet early years practitioners from around the world.

The team of eight from Naturally Learning's nurseries in Charlestown and Poltair will be visiting the Nordic country at the end of the month to share ideas and find out more about early years education in other countries.

"There was a fairly small group of us going when we first started planning the visit," said Naturally Learning's co-director Mandy Richardson.

"But the delegation has since grown to include practitioners from the United States, Scotland and Northern Ireland, making it a truly international event."

Rebecca Jane, who works in the St Austell nursery and is currently studying for an honours degree in education and training at Plymouth University, said she is looking forward to the trip.

"It is an amazing opportunity," she said. "As well as a chance to meet specialists from all over the world, it will also provide some fascinating data for my degree project."

Mrs Richardson said: "Children start compulsory education much later in Iceland than in the UK and yet their average skill levels, including literacy and numeracy, are higher than in the UK."

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