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Encouraging Creativity in Early Years

The Ace Centre Nursery School, Burford Road
Course Tutors
Pete Moorhouse
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Target Audience
EYFS Practitioners / EYFS Teacher
Course Types
Workshop, Training day, Course
Course Categories
Early Years
Course Description

  • Are you looking to provide a greater emphasis on creativity within your curriculum?

  • Are you keen to find new ways of how children can work creatively with the materials you already have in your environment?

  • If you would like to develop theoretical understanding together with practical advice on setting up or reinvigorating a 'studio' workshop space for children to work creatively, then this day could be an inspirational start to the new school year for you and your team !

Pete Moorhouse, an internationally renowned Early Years Creative Consultant will lead us through the day.


With a renewed focus on curriculum design and creativity within the curriculum, this course will look more deeply at creativity and develop practitioners understanding of what creativity means, its importance and how to best encourage creativity in young learners.

We will explore work with a range of materials including how objects can be used in a multitude of different ways, exploring different possibilities for children to express their imaginations.

Through combining natural and recycled materials or through block play, the child is at the centre of their learning as they use their imagination to create various arrangements, constructions and narratives.

The exploration of materials encourages open ended discovery and a focus on process.

A studio can provide a focal point for encouraging creativity -we will look at examples from schools where children are offered an 'atelier' style studio and the impact that these have had on children's creative explorations. Examples will be given on how a 'studio' space provides a laboratory for trying out ideas, playing with materials, tinkering with and exploring possibilities- a space where children express their creativity by following their interests.

This course is ideally suited to individuals or teams working with 3-5 year old children, in either a Foundation Stage classroom/ Nursery School /Pre-school. Limited places available, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Venue: The Ace Centre Nursery and Teaching School, Chipping Norton, OX7 5DZ

Cost: £85 including refreshments and lunch

Training Objectives


  • develop an awareness of how materials can be used to encourage children's creativity

  • understand the role of the practitioner in developing children's creativity

  • build confidence and a bank of ideas on how to set up a 'studio' space in your setting

  • guidance on where to source materials and how to store and present them effectively

  • further develop practitioners understanding of how to engage children and promote children's learning through following their own ideas and interests

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Additional Information




Start Date
Monday 2 September 2019
End Date
Monday 2 September 2019
Closing Date
Sunday 1 September 2019
09:30 - 16:00
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