a finely decorated clay plate made by a new parent at washwood heath nursery school in birminghamIn an attempt to settle the new intake and their families into their first few days of organised education, Washwood Heath Nursery School in Birmingham provide a host of creative activities for parents to take part in whilst their offspring spend their first few hours in the classroom.

This system works remarkably well, not only in relieving parents anxiety by occupying their minds with things other than their child, but annualy revealing creative skills and artistic talents.

Participation is always very good, although we were greatly encouraged by the number of dads who got involved with the clay this year. Dads, mums & grandparents made press molded plates and pots on the potter’s wheel.