PDSA makes snack time better at Croileagan Inbhir Narainn
You may remember last month we shared news of some important visitors at Croileagan Inbhir Narainn when Steve Barron (Chief Executive of Highland Council), Elaine Mead (Chief Executive of NHS Highland) and Bernadette Cairns (Head of Additional Support Services) came along to see how we were making improvements using the EYC (Early Years Collaborative) methodology of Plan, Do, Study, Act.
We have now put together a presentation of some of the process we went through. We had felt that snack preparation took too long and meant that one member of staff spent a long time in the kitchen instead of playing and learning with the children. We felt the best way forward was to involve the children as much as possible in the whole snack process and they really rose to the challenge, as you will see from the pictures.
We were surprised to see the breadth of learning opportunities the children could experience through the process of planning, choosing and preparing snack. ICT, fine motor skills, researching, co-operating, gaining confidence to try new things, counting charts, learning about healthy foods, where foods come from and of course sharing these with their families at home.
Staff found the PDSA methodology really helpful and easy to use as they could try small changes one at a time and see what worked well. This meant we quickly saw improvement which spurred us on to try the next steps. As a result, we are now keen to use the methodology to help improve other areas of the children’s learning experiences.
Marion Laidlaw, CALA Childhood Practice Manager