One of my favourite pieces of research is Young Brains commissioned by DFES in 2007, and has helped me form ideas around how we can facilitate more meaningful experiences for babies through creative learning environments – blog by Earlyarts Director, Ruth Churchill Dower
Very exciting to see Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Museum and Manchester Art Gallery bringing a focus to the key issue of how we support babies and very young children to develop their ‘cultural capital’ through their forthcoming conference Culturebaby.
On Saturday, the wonderful Barbara O’Meara (Head of Early Childhood training and creative early years action research programme at Cork College) hosted an international conference on how the arts makes a difference in early learning.
Tuesday saw me meeting with some incredible social entrepreneurs from 7.30am at the Clearly So conference.
We thought the focus would be on children, learning and development. We were somewhat taken aback when we wordled the revised EYFS document…
In submitting our response to the revised Early Years Foundation Stage which you can see here, there were a number of key concerns that we decided to focus on, including:
I was amazed to discover recently that I could remember some of the words and most of the tunes to the songs in my very first school play in 1975 at Bramcote Hills Primary School.
I was in France recently having a fab time with the kids over half term, and one night we decided to take them out to a beautiful little pizza place we know in the heart of a tiny village – packed every night of the week.
Just found a lovely video in fact of the said drawing of dinosaur which shows a little more understanding of how characters and stories are built through imaginative ideas that evolve as the images become real on paper (or in this case, tissue).
It might look like I have inserted this back to front, but no! This was a picture I found recently of a dinosaur drawn by my daughter Chia when she was 3.