Nursery school parents from Birmingham visit Eastnor Pottery to make clay pots and sculptureAs part of my continuing work with the innovative & creative Washwood Heath Nursery school, a group of parents visited the studio to learn all about clay, pottery and Maths!

The Birmingham Nursery School offers its children a week of activities designed to explore numeracy within the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

The Pottery workshop for parents gives the adults an insight into how measuring, counting and comparing etc. can be easily incorporated into play, in this instance, with clay.

terracotta tiles made for outside mud kitchen

Forest school Andy has been constructing a fabulous mud kitchen in the playground at Washwood Heath Nursery School in Birmingham. One of the children decided it would be a fantastic idea to make some terracotta artwork to tile the splash back area. So, thats just what we did! We ended up making 40 or so individual tiles decorated in the children’s models and drawing.

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Parents at nursery school make pottery with Jon the PotterThis time of year can be an anxious one for parents of young children starting school or nursery for the very first time. The excellent Washwood Heath Nursery School in Birmingham have a brilliant solution to help quell the nerves and sooth separation.

Whilst the children are getting to know the staff and their peers in the classroom, mum & dad are encouraged to remain at the school in an adjoining hall, near enough to be called on if their child is not settling. Whilst they wait, the parents get to participate in a host of creative activities designed to divert attention from the situation and aid well being.

For the past three years I’ve been providing pottery sessions as part of this process, working with some very talented individuals for the first four weeks of term. I’m always impressed and inspired by the quality of the clay outcomes and the parents often comment on the success of the policy. In fact, long after their children have settled in, some grown-ups can still be found in the hall, weeks later, absorbed in coil-pot making and slip decoration!


Ceramic pots made by parents at Washwood Heath Nursery School in BirminghamI’ve been working closely with Washwood Heath Nursery School in Birmingham for a number of years now delivering sessions with the children, parents and staff. For the majority of the sessions I’ve had the pleasure to work alongside Rifatt who has been picking up pottery tips and gaining clay confidence as the sessions roll by. I was totally blown away by the quality of pots made by a group of parents at a pottery workshop she had independently planned and delivered. Nice one Rifatt!

self portrait made by a 4 year old child at washwood heath nursery school birmingham…..Like this!

This beautifully modelled ‘happy’ face was made by a young child at Washwood Heath Nursery School in Birmingham. I was particularly taken by the detail: Cheeks, moustache, beard and eye lashes were all carefully added or drawn into the clay slab.

The children and staff are exploring notions of the self and we chose to use clay to explore facial expressions and associated emotions.clay self portrait made by nursery school aged child at washwood heath nursery school in birmingham