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Posted on October 21 2008 at 11:42:12

Bear Hill pre-school

Children at Bear Hill Pre-School, Alvechurch, enjoyed a morning of creative thinking as part of a new partnership with a community artist.

Mark Riley specialises in giving young children the opportunity to explore and experiment, and to build and transform using clay, paint, light and sound.

Bear Hill spokeswoman Jayne Moody told The Village: “The workshops are about children’s independent and guided exploration and engagement with a variety of materials. 

“We are currently applying for funding to work with Mark as ‘artist in residence’ on a regular basis,” she added.

“At Bear Hill our ethos is one of excellence and enjoyment. We believe that children should be able to play and explore and have the opportunity to be active in their learning.

“Pre-school children need to be learning early literacy and numeracy skills in the context of play and practical experiences. 

“We aim for our children to have the ability to think and make decisions.”

Bear Hill Pre-School was established in 1966 and is a registered charity run by a committee of parents who volunteer their time.

“This means that families have the opportunity to become fully involved in their child’s learning and the teamwork and happy, community atmosphere is second to none,” says Jayne.

Sessions at Bear Hill run daily during term time at Alvechurch Village Hall between 9am-12.30.  There are free places for three to five year olds, while for two year olds the fee is £7.50 per session. 

For more information contact Pre-school supervisor Shirley Morrison on 0121 445 5159.

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