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Posted: 16/06/10

Learning's a puzzle for childcare students

Childcare students at West Nottinghamshire College have embarked on a joinery project that will help local youngsters to learn and play.

The group of 23 learners currently studying on the first year of their level three Diploma in Childcare and Education have each designed and painted a 30cm2 jigsaw which they will be using in their work placements in the coming weeks.

The group will be completing the final stage of cutting out the wooden puzzles next week (21 June) in the college’s joinery department at the Kirkby-based Construction and Logistics Skills Academy with the assistance of joinery tutor Mark Porter.

Each student has also crafted personalised drawstring bags to keep the puzzles inside.

Tutor Jo Wilkinson said: “The students have interacted incredibly well as a group and have shared creative ideas towards this project. It’s been a great opportunity to show off their artistic talents which are just some of the skills needed to be a good childcare practitioner. 

"I’m very proud of them as they’ve all worked enthusiastically and completed a useful resource for 3-5 year-olds.  Jigsaw puzzles are a great resource for children as they help reasoning and problem-solving skills, fine motor skills, hand-to-eye co-ordination and teach children about shapes and colours and boosts their self esteem when they complete it.”