Graduate School of Education – Creativity

Encouraging creativity in early years education

12 June 2014 , 5 pm

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5pm – 7pm, room 4.10, 35 Berkeley Square, BS8 1JA.

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In this session we will gain a deeper understanding of creativity and explore what is important in early years development and how the ability to think creatively has a significant impact on learning throughout education. The workshop will explore the many aspects which contribute to making a rich creative learning environment. These will include: looking at the role of the teacher, co-learning and reflective teaching practices, our view and perceptions of children, the impact of the environment and access to intelligent resources, the importance of involving of parents and the wider community. We will  look at the endless possibilities in which young children can express their creative ideas and explore the world. There will be examples of open ended creative exploration and creative project work to provide ideas and inspiration for practitioners working in Early Years education. In the session we will  look at the example of the world renowned pre-schools of Reggio Emilia which place emphasis on developing creative and critical thinking.


Pete Moorhouse (Artist in residence, St. Werburgh’s Park Nursery School).


Pete Moorhouse is a professional sculptor with a large portfolio of private and public commissions.  He exhibits widely and has work in several collections both in the UK and abroad. He has   been working in educational settings for over 20 years. He now specialises in encouraging creativity in Early Years Education undertaking numerous Artist Residencies and providing CPD training sessions for staff. Pete has had several articles published in Early Years publications and is the author of “Encouraging woodwork in Early Years Education”. Pete’s teaching practice is very much influenced by the philosophy underlying the Reggio Emilia approach to early education. Pete currently works at St. Werburgh’s Park Nursery School and Children’s Centre part of the National Teaching School consortium.

Universities Week

Universities Week - Ideas for life: 9-15 June 2014

This event is being run in connection with Universities Week, which aims to make university research relevant to the public in inspiring and accessible ways. It also aims to open up a conversation about the relevance of university-based research and its everyday impact on our lives.

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