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Creative Arts for Early Childhood

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

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Publication Date

March 2014




Paperback, 192 pages

Country of Origin



Gill Education


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

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245 x 173 mm


By Sinéad E. Kelly

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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.

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