Introducing Woodwork in Early Years Education

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Woodwork is a very special activity to introduce to young children and has the potential to make a profound impression. Woodwork is full of learning opportunities and is a very popular activity with children. Deep levels of engagement and intense concentration are common and the children often remain involved in their explorations for extended periods regularly in excess of an hour. I introduce the children to many activities in our  nursery studio but working with wood has consistently impressed me by engaging the children in a profound way and by their sustained perseverance with challenging tasks. The learning outcomes have been remarkable. I would very much like to encourage you to consider introducing woodwork.

The workshop will look at ways in which woodworking can be safely introduced to pre-school nursery settings.

Pete Moorhouse has worked with young children in education for over 20 years and is the Artist in Residence at Filton Avenue Nursery School and Children’s Centre in Bristol. He has spent the last five years researching woodwork in early year’s education, collaborating with practitioners from Japan and the USA who engage children in woodwork, sharing experiences, best practice and evaluating learning outcomes.