Don't just take our word for it – here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.
Name: Sophie Beadle
Course: Early Years Teacher Initial Teacher Training (ITT)
Sophie took part in a course trip to Sweden to observe early years teaching in an overseas setting.
It was a great opportunity for me to compare early years teaching practice in a different setting, and to reflect on how I am influenced by various approaches to early years teaching. It was also a way of seeing my learnings come to life as I was able to see teaching theory carried out in a way that really made sense to me.
Seeing how much trust was given to the children in Sweden made me realise how it allows them to be independent and manage risks. I now encourage myself (as well as other staff) to consider how we can encourage the children to become more independent. For example, if I see a child show interest in a pair of scissors I help that child explore them safely, instead of simply taking them away.
I encourage the children to be as independent as possible in many ways, such as letting them put on their coat themselves, serving themselves their own drink or selecting and engaging in their own play.
Another inspiration I took from my trip to Sweden is to use natural resources to create artwork and features which I put on display, much like the beautiful hand-crafted mobiles I saw on my trip.