Creative Arts for Early Childhood

Creative Arts for Early Childhood

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A new practical guide to understanding and planning creative activities that promote a child’s learning, development and well-being, with specific regard to age and stage of development.

  • Introduces and examines the role and benefits of creative media – such as movement and dance, visual arts, drama and music – as a form of communication, therapy and education.

  • Applies the themes and principles of Aistear and Síolta to all activities.

  • Demonstrates examples of child-led indoor and outdoor activities based on the creative arts curriculum, with emphasis on process-based play.
  • Provides clear step-by-step instructions for planning, implementing and assessing activities, taking possible financial and time restrictions into consideration.

  • Emphasises the role of the adult in facilitating the child’s engagement within the creative arts curriculum.

  • Presents recent changes in legislation and pre-school regulations in Ireland, and current views and findings on creativity in early childhood.

  • Follows the ethos of the HighScope model, while referring to the work of other philosophies such as Reggio Emilia.


Wriiten For:

  • Creative Arts for Early Childhood Level 5 module [5N1769] and Early Childhood Arts and Culture Level 6 module [6N1936], as part of the Early Childhood Care and Education QQI awards

  • Any childcare modules where creative activities form an integral part of assessment