Our Story


Welcome to Earlyarts!


We believe the arts and creativity play an important role in early education and in cultural leadership, and can have a big impact on our youngest children and their families. Anyone who shares our passion is welcome to join us! 

We help early educators, cultural managers and business leaders develop specialist creative approaches to leadership, teaching and learning.

We help you understand how our brains and bodies work best, how the right creative experiences can make a big difference to the way you reach your potential, how to harness your own creativity as a leader of learning, and how to involve your teams in achieving the best outcomes possible. 

Earlyarts' consultants bring over 35 years of specialist expertise across neuroscience, arts in the early years curriculum, creative teaching and leadership, creative early years pedagogies, family friendly design in museums, galleries and theatres, emotional and social intelligence, positive behaviour management, creative voices for children with Selective Mutism, GROW coaching and business innovation.

We can support you as an expert trainer, specialist consultant, critical friend, key note speaker, academic reviewer, researcher or strategic adviser. You can benefit from learning the latest creative approaches on one of our specialist creative training courses or having a bespoke programme tailored to your specific needs and interests. 

As a result, we enable hundreds of business, education and cultural leaders to master creative approaches that help achieve outstanding results, both personally and professionally.

You are the most incredible speaker, I could listen to you all day and it was so wonderful to have your insight and expertise on key issues. I really look forward to working with you more in the future.
— Kate Catling, Lime Music for Health
Thank you Ruth for this amazing consultancy. It has transformed our work, our leadership approach and our relationships within our team. We will never be the same again!
— Mohammed AlMuhairi, UCL Qatar
A huge thank you for this week’s training, I found the experience extremely valuable both as an educator and parent. I’m really looking forward to putting it all into practice!
— Jonny Hill, Learning Coord, MK Gallery

We believe in creativity!

Earlyarts has collated the most rigorous research and evidence to demonstrate the impact of creative environments, teaching and leadership on children's learning. In each piece of evidence, we show how and why the arts or creative practices make a big difference to young children in a variety of ways.

In line with Article 31 of the UN Convention of Children’s Rights, Earlyarts believes that each and every child has a right to experience their own and others' creativity, to nurture their innate creative disposition which makes them who they are.

In fact, we believe that all grown-ups have creativity within them as well. If you have experienced a piece of music so inspiring that you get completely lost in it and let your body move to the music without a care in the world; or the deep serenity of a countryside walk amongst the beautiful colours, smells and sensations of nature; then you have experienced your own creativity coming to the fore.

It’s what parents and educators do every day with their children – enabling them to experience freedom, challenge, discovery, knowledge, skills, confidence, curiosity, love, joy, integrity and passion. It’s the essence of a wholesome childhood, and it starts with you being creative.

Our vision is to enable excellent creative practice to become second nature to professionals, so that every child (and adult!) can achieve outstanding fulfilment and realise their incredible potential.


"Time and again, I see a child's engagement transformed through an arts or creative approach. It enables them to unlock their potential because the spotlight is taken off what they find difficult and shined on what is possible. 

I'm passionate about everyone having access to that powerful opportunity of discovering what is possible for themselves!"

- Ruth Churchill Dower, Director, Earlyarts


Does creativity make a difference?

See what we think in these four key areas that underpin Earlyarts' values...