Creativity in the Early years

Updated: Oct 29, 2018

I had the pleasure of co facilitating a session with the brilliant Sophie Fox and some delightful Early Years Foundation Degree students at University Centre Peterborough. This is an exciting strand of work to be involved in and one that I have been wanting to do for a long time. With many years experience working in early years as both an arts practitioner and EY practitioner it was a real privilege to talk about creativity in context of early years work and it's theoretical underpinning. These students were asked to work in groups of three and make something out of the available resources without speaking to each other. They could make sounds but could not use words. Cooperation was arrived at with no end result in mind. This was creativity in the moment. What we as facilitators observed was that the room was full of active participants fully absorbed in play. No interference from directive language.

We all need to be creative in our lives, it doesn't have to be ground breaking world changing creativity with a big C. Small c creativity is crucial for learning and wellbeing, a new recipe, teaching your dog a new trick, doing your nails differently or planting a flower bed are all acts of creativity., and all add to the quality of our lives.

I'm very excited to be developing this kind of work and being able to disseminate the findings from the SALT music project that are increasingly relevant across all the different strands of my work.

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