Playtime Revolution is a free training resource for settings who want to improve their children's experiences outdoors. The resource includes 11 videos along with reflection questions to help settings consider the crucial elements of the value of outdoor play, the role of the adult, construction, wet weather play, den building, physical literacy, water play, risk, sand and small world play. Also ideal for staff meetings.
The Arts in Education Portal is a space where both artists and teachers can be supported and inspired. It seeks to reflect current practice that is taking place in Ireland and to establish a structure through which the arts and education community can be developed.
Stronger thinking and learning through the power of art - the goal of the Artful Thinking program is to help students develop thinking dispositions that support thoughtful learning – in the arts, and across school subjects.
Creativity is a positive power for change among children and young people. By introducing creative practitioners into the learning environment, it's possible to inspire children, to stimulate new ideas, improve communication and build confidence.
This booklet, written with input from Ann Langston for Community Playthings, focuses on room layout and equipment choice for planning child-centred indoor areas, but outdoor space is indispensable. Most of the principles apply outside as well, and often equipment can be moved outdoors.
Two projects in Sussex examined creativity in early years by working with artists and bringing them into settings to work alongside practitioners and children. This publication takes documents these projects, showing examples of artists working in settings and offering top tips for trying out these approaches yourself.
CapeUK's 'Early Years Creative Cookbook' in partnership with Earlyarts and Calderdale Council's Early Years Team and Earlyarts; inspires early years settings, professionals and practitioners across the country to engage in similar creative approaches.
EYFS Framework Guides for practitioners and parents in developing provision for the under twos.
This toolkit from Engage, the national network for professionals working in gallery education, provides ideas about how to use art works and galleries as starting points for teaching and learning with children aged 3-7.
Written by Jo Belloli and Felicity Woolf, this excellent toolkit provides evaluation guidance for early years practitioners on creativity and the arts in early years settings, helping to review current practice and provision.
Children have amazing imaginations but sometimes need help to become artists. Just as you help plants to grow, you can provide the right conditions to help children develop as artists. Cathy Myer explores what children need to become artists in this toolkit from Early Education.
This publication offers practical advice to help early years staff to provide creative opportunities that support and enhance child development. It talks about how to respect children’s creativity whilst observing and developing their skills, and suggests practical and creative opportunities to do this.
This is Dance 4's successful early years resource pack giving early years practitioners, teachers, artists and parents the skills and confidence to deliver dance. Giant Leaps is a pack of five new refresher cards for those who have used the original pack and would like new ideas for keeping the pack fresh and exciting.
Sounds of Intent aims to help practitioners investigate and promote the musical development of children and young people with learning difficulties, although the programme can also be used effectively with adults.
Written by Angela K Salmon for the National Association for the Education of Young Children, this article provides ideas on different thinking tools using the arts that can help children solve problems and become more independent and more creative.
This is a transnational guide for artists to work in primary schools, with a particular emphasis upon developing the skills and understanding necessary to work creatively in schools in disadvantaged areas.
This online resource is based on Nancy Evans' superb handbook 'Tuning into Children', commissioned by Youth Music and launched in 2007. It has been revised and updated and prepared as an online resource, complete with videos and visualisations.
This guide is for teachers. It explains how to design and run projects for students that begin with an inquiry and end with a tangible, publicly exhibited product.