In the first episode of the series, Laura speaks to Martin Pace.
Martin has worked in the childcare sector for over 20 years. He is director of Reflections Nursery & Forest School, which operates a 170-place setting in Worthing. The nursery won Nursery World UK Nursery of the Year 2009/10 (the only time they entered), and has been rated Outstanding by Ofsted at the last three inspections.
Martin has attended nine study tours of the pre-schools of Reggio Emilia since 2003 and is part-way through an MA in Early Childhood Studies. He is jointly responsible for overseeing pedagogy at Reflections.
Martin is author of I Love Forest School: Transforming early years practice through woodland experiences, published by Bloomsbury in 2014. He is a regular conference speaker on topics including: Reflections’ project work; drawing inspiration from the Reggio Emilia approach; forest school and risk in children’s play; and children’s creativity.
Since 2011, Reflections has offered two professional development days each year for Early Years and primary educators, which have been attended by over 2,500 delegates from 15 countries.
Reflections publishes works by educators and children at the nursery, with titles including: Crocodiles; Light Everywhere; 3D Work; The Fire Monster – A story for children by children; Storying; The Revolutionary Baby; Homely; From Bacteria to Galaxies; and The Line Creature.
In this episode, we’ll discuss how Martin leads a successful Reggio Emilia-inspired Early Years setting. There is also a focus on how he inspires his team to work within a Reggio Emilia-inspired nursery and forest school. Martin also discusses the success of Reflections’ professional development days and how this has stimulated other educators to reflect on their own practice.
This episode is sponsored by Community Playthings
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