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Encouraging Creativity: Creative and critical thinking in early years education


03/05/2019 09:30






About this event

This course is designed to develop understanding of what creativity means and explore ways in which we can best encourage creativity.

It will start by defining creativity and critical thinking and then looking at the different aspects of children’s thinking that contribute to the process of developing ideas. Pete will emphasise the importance of creativity as a fundamental skill that not only impacts on all areas of learning but also impacts on young children’s long term outcomes to become resourceful and resilient adults.

Delegates will look at EYFS and see how creativity fits within the characteristics of effective learning and how it embraces all areas of learning. The training will explore the many factors that contribute to children’s creative and critical thinking, from the impact of the environment to working together with parents. You'll also explore the role of the teacher in extending thinking by looking at sustained shared thinking practice and how best to interact with children during the creative process.

The training will consider ways in which we can monitor children’s creative progression especially in relation to their developing thinking skills.

Click here to meet Pete Moorhouse and find out more about this thought provoking training.

Key learning points:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of what creativity means
  • Learn why creativity is so important in education and in life in general
  • Look at the many elements that contribute to encouraging and nurturing young children’s creativity
  • Investigate the role of the teacher in extending creative and critical thinking
  • Look at the role of the environment and resources
  • The importance of documentation and reflective learning practice
  • Working together with parents to support children’s creative thinking
  • Opportunity for practitioners to get creative exploring different materials
  • View examples and experience inspiring provocations
  • Think about ways of monitoring children’s creative progression

Facilitator bio

Pete Moorhouse is an Artist Educator and Early Years Consultant. As an artist he is a professional sculptor undertaking prestigious commissions and public art projects throughout the UK and overseas. Pete has also worked in educational settings for over 20 years and is passionate about encouraging children’s creativity and critical thinking. He currently works two days a week directly with children in Early Years settings.

His practice is influenced by the approach of the pre-schools of Reggio Emilia.

Pete’s role as Artist Educator is focused on encouraging the children’s creativity and supporting staff. His practice encourages children to construct their own learning following their own interests. He introduces different media with which children can express themselves, including photography, various “intelligent” materials and woodwork.

Pete is the UK specialist in creative woodwork in the Early Years and is the author of two books about woodwork in early years education and has had several journal articles published. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol and is currently researching creativity and critical thinking. Pete regularly delivers training and conference presentations throughout the country and overseas.

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