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Embracing creativity in the early years

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posted on 2023-06-10, 05:37 authored by Jacqueline YoungJacqueline Young
UK initiatives such as Sure Start, Creative Partnerships and Find Your Talent, demonstrate how successive governments and policy makers across the UK political parties have recognised the importance of creativity in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) (Tims, 2010). Early Years policy in England places an obligation on Early Childhood Practitioners (ECPs) to reflect on, and incorporate opportunities for creative expression and the development of creative thinking skills, within their planning. This positions ECPs as experts in creative pedagogy when working with children in the birth to five age-range. This chapter analyses data from a small-scale discussion group to explore how the ECP participants made sense of creativity and their own developing skills as creative pedagogues. Key themes from the data analysis are presented as a provocation for settings and ECPs to consider how their practice might support the development of creativity in young children, particularly considering their own positioning and identity.

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Publication status

  • Published

File Version

  • Accepted version

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Pages

148.0

Book title

Solvason, C. and Webb, R. eds., (2022). Exploring and Celebrating the Early Childhood Practitioner: An Interrogation of Pedagogy, Professionalism and Practice

Place of publication

London

ISBN

9781003206262

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  • Education Publications

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  • No

Peer reviewed?

  • Yes

Editors

C Solvason, R Webb

Legacy Posted Date

2022-12-07

First Compliant Deposit (FCD) Date

2022-12-07

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