The initiative will bring together early years practitioners and creative arts professionals to create environments and experiences that are rich in language, play, physical development, engagement with the outdoors, arts, creativity and a sense of wonder and belonging.
Creative learning in the early years builds on the well-established Lead Creative Schools Scheme, delivered by Arts Council of Wales, which has brought bespoke projects to over 700 primary, secondary and special schools. The scheme has supported schools to nurture the creativity of learners and has prepared them to get ready for the new Curriculum for Wales 2022.
Over the next 3 years Creative learning in the early years will work together with early years settings, combining the central principles of the new Curriculum for funded non-maintained nursery settings with the learning approach developed for the Lead Creative Schools Scheme.
There are two opportunities to get involved in Creative learning in the early years.
1. Early years settings interested in getting involved can find out more information and complete an expression of interest which is live on the Arts Council of Wales website until 1 February here: https://arts.wales/news-jobs-opportunities/creative-learning-early-years-call-out-for-childcare-settings
2. Creative Practitioners interested in working with the initiative can find out more on the Arts Council of Wales website: https://arts.wales/news-jobs-opportunities/creative-learning-early-years-invite-creative-practitioners-express
For more information email: [email protected]
Creative learning in the early years is a joint initiative between the Arts Council of Wales, Early Years Wales and the Welsh Government supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Key factors will include the development of communication skills and the many means of expression of young children, their physical development and their confidence in exploration, curiosity, play and playful learning. A further key aspect will be to extend across the diversity of Wales, including bilingual or Welsh language settings.