Starcatchers - Arts from the Start 2016

Pioneering children’s organisation Starcatchers aims to build a community of creative and inspired Early Years practitioners with a new campaign Arts from the Start 2016.

The importance of creativity is at the centre of Scottish Government policies and guidelines including,  How Good Is Our School, GIRFEC and Raising Attainment For All. Starcatchers has been funded by the Scottish Government since 2013 and believes in the transformational power of the Arts and Creativity in early learning to support and inspire Scotland’s youngest children across health, education, play and the arts.  They do this through a range of programmes, such as Creative Skills which is transforming practice and changing lives, empowering practitioners and the children that they work with for which they have released a pilot project report.

As part of their Arts for the Start campaign, contact has been made with every nursery across Scotland offering support and ideas about embedding creativity at the heart of Early Years practice.  Throughout 2016 Starcatchers will focus on different aspects of creativity through the Arts from the Start Blog, sharing links to research and resources, setting creative challenges to boost creative practice with settings as well as printable resources to share with parents and family. February is themed ‘Family Engagement month’ and considers evidence from Growing up in Scotland (GUS) to inform creativity and attachment. Find out how you can build capacity for the campaign and seek inspiration to support you practice or collaboration with others working directly with children and families and follow the hastag on Twitter #AFTS16

 

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