Chicago Children’s Museum is working to become “a model of its kind in early childhood,” and “a community where play and learning connect.” To realize those goals, CCM has pursued a two-year study to understand the dimensions of such a model and explores those dimensions in this seminal publication - a must read for all museums and galleries.
This article outlines a number of art museum programmes that have encouraged children as guides during school and family visits, and discusses the benefits of these programmes - for both the children and their adult companions. By Katrina Weier, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, Australia.
Children enjoy finding new ideas in museums; parents gain new skills in guiding young children's learning; teachers enjoy clear links between museums and the curriculum; and museums staff enjoy designing successful early years programmes. This comprehensive and superb manual collates the experience of some of the most successful family programmes to hep guide new practices for the ever growing young audiences.