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Building Curiosity in Early Years
Early Years education and the lingering impacts of Covid-19 on the youngest learners has been in the news recently, after the publication of an analysis by Ofsted in which they highlight ongoing concerns about the adverse impact the pandemic has caused in younger age group; paricularly in terms of children's personal, social, emotional and language development.
This brings into sharp focus the value early years settings bring to a child's development journey and the crucial role that, what some would glibly dismiss as 'only play', has in the growth of the whole person. Future health and happiness is at stake here, just as much as anywhere else.
Curious Minds has long recognised the importance of the early years stages as key children's future to educational, emotional and social development. Over the past nine years, we have been bringing early years specialists together across the cultural and education sectors; developing initiatives to support early years providers, engaging families and offering joyful, enriching experiences to young children.
There is much that the arts and cultural sectors can and should be doing to help address these challenges, and we see our role in this clearly - as facilitator, advocator and catalyst of best and next practice in provision and pedagogy.
The pre-school years play a vital role in readying children for school, as well as helping to set the compass for future creative and cultural activity and wider success in life.
A curious approach to early years
How Curious Minds is working to develop practice in this sector:
Climb aboard!We continue to work with the education, childcare and creative sectors to build to develop pedagogies and promote skills development in this important area of childhood learning and development.
Most recently, we have been working with partners to share innovation, reseach and best practice with those in the sector. Here's a taste of some of the opportunities we've shared:
Bridging the DistanceA two-day professional development programme delivered in partnership with Ready Generations, focusing on intergenrational work and designed to enhance creative interactions between early years children and older people. This training offered 12 paid bursaries to creative practitioners.
Applications have now closed but the programme may run again in the future.
More-than-words: Early Years Pedagogy WorkshopA workshop with Manchester Metropolitan University exploring communication through movement, sound and gesture with very young children. Doctoral researcher and early years artist, Charlotte Arculus, together with dancer, Anna Daly, and practitioners from Martenscroft Nursery School presented artist and educator perspectives from the More-than-words project. They shared some of the simple, talk free and open-ended approaches and materials that was used throughout their research.
If you have questions for us, please send an email to Emma Bush, Director of Sector Development.
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Director of Sector Development