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.
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.
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
How to Use this Book
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 The Creative Environment and Play Partnerships
Chapter 3 Planning, Implementing and Assessing Activities
Chapter 4 Creative Play and Developmental Stages
Chapter 5 Exploring and Creating
Chapter 6 Exploring and Creating: The Outdoor Play Space
Chapter 7 Creative Play and Positive Mental Health
Chapter 8 Unlocking the Adult’s Creativity
Chapter 9 Creative Safe Environments
Chapter 10 Creative Arts Assessment
References and Resources
Sinéad E. Kelly, BA in Early Childhood Care and Education, Graduate Diploma and MEd in Early Childhood Education, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in Systemic Psychotherapy, currently teaches on the Early Childhood Education and Care Level 5 and Level 6 courses in the College of Further Education Dundrum.