Art can make a difference in the lives of young children, and how their successes are measured and mapped affects their chances for success. What is required is change and, ‘there are a thousand things to do’ (Foucault, 1981/1991, p.174). Art education is not an option. Rather, it is a way to teach and learn.
In a series of 2010 essays, Born Creative brings together the experiences of creative practices in early years education. It shows the importance of cultures, environments and networks in the enrichment of early years learning and interrogates the role of leaders, policy and parents in creating them.
This book provides the rationale behind why all children and young people should achieve their entitlement to culture. It poses twenty big questions that should be asked before designing a cultural offer, and identifies the latest policies and initiatives that can support meaningful cultural experiences.
This paper sets out to provide an overview of the state of research and thinking on the relationship between the arts and creative development in young children (aged three to six years). The main purpose of the exercise was to identify issues, gaps and priorities for further research. By Caroline Sharp, published by NFER in February 2001.