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Creativity in the Early Years

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

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Early Years Practitioners
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About this event

The characteristics of creativity and critical thinking are important processes that underpin all areas of learning and development. As well as promoting well-being, self-confidence and flexibility, these qualities link to executive functioning and can help children transform their understanding. But how does creativity develop, and in what ways can we support and nurture this in the babies and young children who we work with?

Through a lively mixture of practical activities, film and discussion, participants will have the opportunity to:

• Think about the science and research behind creativity and creative learning and what goes on in the brain during this process;
• Discuss some of the key differences between critical thinking and being creative;
• Consider ways in which their own creativity influences practice and review positive strategies to support children’s creative thinking further. For example, engaging in sustained shared thinking and ‘serve and return’ interactions;
• Reflect on a host of inspiring ideas to support babies and children to experience the awe and wonder of the world and enhance their environments for creative learning.

Trainer(s): Anni McTavish

Anni McTavish trained originally as a fine bookbinder and ran her own business as a designer hat-maker. In the late 1980s she began volunteering in an under fives setting as an artist educator, and went on to study early years, later becoming both a deputy and Headteacher. Specialising in the arts and creativity, she now works across the UK and Europe as a workshop leader, presenter and consultant. An Associate of Early Education, she has been involved in a wide range of initiatives, including The Creative Thinking and Learning Project with Sheringham Nursery in the London Borough of Newham. She has written numerous articles and books and is particularly interested in engaging with practitioners to support young children’s emotional health, creativity, resilience and well-being.