This project report by Ireland’s Kids Own, including case studies and high level findings, focusses on what is unique about an artist working in an early years setting, and how this impacts on a baby or young child’s development.
This report evaluates family learning days with mothers (all aged 17-22) and children (all aged under 3) at the Fitzwilliam Museum. It finds evidence of enjoyment among the children and mothers, and changing attitudes to museums and galleries among the mothers.
This study uses interviews with parents and teachers at schools that have participated in Creative Partnerships activities to explore the impact of cultural activities on how children communicate with their parents about their experiences at school.
With the revised Early Years Foundation Stage published in March 2012, this is a good time to examine the learning value of museums to very young children. It is also timely to gather evidence of the positive impact museums can have on children’s development and family relationships, with the early intervention agenda still high on the political agenda.