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Creativity course series

with Nicola Burke, Pete Moorhouse and Anni McTavish

Book now for our series of sessions around creativity and the arts.

Enabling musical enviroments

with Nicola Burke, 10 March 2017

This course offers practical ideas to develop and enhance music provision in settings.  Participants will be given handouts and introduced to a free online resource which they can use following the session.  The session will be practical, interactive, and will draw upon film footage of children’ music making to enable practitioners to further their understanding of children’s musicality.

The session will explore:

Tuning into children and communicative musicality
How to create enabling musical environments using instruments
Auditory environments - how we can use recorded music effectively with young children.
Effective planning for musical activities linked to the EYFS, supporting all areas of learning through music making
Observing children’s creative musical play and how to nurture and interact with children’s music making
How to encourage and support composition

Nurturing creativity through expressive arts and design

with Anni McTavish, 27 June 2017

This one-day training will focus on the arts and how practitioners can nourish children’s creative thinking and learning in this area. As well as taking part in a host of exciting practical activities, participants will review their current practice and the different experiences that fall under the arts and design "umbrella".

Aims of the session:

  • Deepen your understanding of what outstanding practice in the arts looks like and how art and design promotes crucial skills and positive dispositions for learning.
  • Using the SSTEW (Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Well-being) Scale for 2-5 year olds as a guide, discuss your own practice in the arts, celebrate successes and identify areas for development.
  • Take part in a variety of creative arts experiences and discuss how to support children’s creative and critical thinking through the interactions you share.  

Introducing woodwork in early years education

with Pete Moorhouse, 4 July 2017

Woodwork is hugely popular and provides a rich source of enjoyment as well as learning. The impact is profound and long term. Deep levels of engagement and intense concentration are common and the children often remain involved in their explorations for extended periods. Woodworking allows children many opportunities including; expressing their imagination, problem solving and sustained perseverance with challenging tasks. The learning outcomes have been remarkable and encompass all areas of the EYFS.

This practical session will look at ways in which woodworking can be safely introduced in your early years settings. We will look at the theory and how woodwork meets many learning and development aspects of the EYFS. We will examine the historical context and look at examples from other countries that have been working successfully with wood for many years. There will be explanations of the most suitable tools for young children and instruction on how best to use them.  We will look at the most suitable woods.  Information on potential suppliers of wood/ tools will be provided. Explanations on how to set up a woodworking area. Suggestions for activities, open-ended explorations and longer term projects. There will be practical elements during the day for practitioners to explore the tools, gain confidence and share the experience of making creations in wood.

From this course you will:

  • understand the value and theory of woodwork.
  • learn about the historical context of woodwork
  • understand the potential of woodwork for creativity and critical thinking
  • learn how to introduce woodwork safely, implementing an effective risk assessment.
  • understand the most suitable tools for young children and how to use them.
  • be confident to develop a woodworking area.
  • know where to buy the most appropriate tools and materials

Booking details

Course costs:

  • Early bird rate: £185 (non-members) or £140 (members) - available up to 6 weeks prior to each course
  • Standard rate: £215 (non-members) or £170 (members)

Book all three courses in the series for an additional discount of £20 per course by using discount code EEDISCOUNT3

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