Supporting Creativity and Imagination in the Early Years

Supporting Creativity and Imagination in the Early Years

Supporting Creativity and Imagination in the Early Years

Supporting Creativity and Imagination in the Early Years

Synopsis

Reviews of the first edition"In addition to expected information about developmental stages and caregiver response, Duffy discusses diversity and accessibility issues that affect children's response to opportunities to express their creativity... an admirably detailed guide to creativity for persons involved in caring for young children." Education Review"The strength of Bernadette Duffy's book is her ability to share through tables, examples, theory and reflections her deep understanding of children's creative process..." Montessori International MagazineLearning through the arts has the potential to stimulate open ended activity that encourages discovery, exploration, experimentation and invention, thus contributing to children's development in all areas of learning and helping to make the curriculum meaningful to them. Bernadette Duffy draws on her extensive experience of promoting young children's creativity and imagination to examine how visual representations, music, dance, imaginative play and drama can enable children to express their feelings, thoughts and responses. She highlights examples of good practice and provides practical guidance for those working with young children in a variety of settings, including home, school and centre-based care. Updated throughout, this second edition considers creativity and imagination in the light of contemporary initiatives such as Every Child Matters, Birth to Three Matters, Sure Start and the Foundation Stage curriculum. Supporting Creativity and Imagination in the Early Years is essential reading for early years practitioners and students, as well as anyone who delights in young children's learning and development and wants to explore new ways of supporting it.

Excerpt

The publication of this second edition is testimony to the demand for and the success of a book of this kind. We believe that the first edition, in 1998, played an influential part in raising the profile and understanding of the importance of the creative arts in children's lives. During the last seven years much has emerged from government ministries: the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's (DCMS), Culture and Creativity (2001); the DfES's Birth to Three Matters (2002); 'Excellence and Enjoyment' (2003); and Every Child Matters (2004). Again, the Qualification and Curriculum Authority (QCA) published Creativity: Find It, Promote It (2003a). Moreover, research such as Findings from the Pre-school Period: Summary of Findings (2003, EPPE), and several other books and papers have all recognized the importance of promoting and fostering the arts from the early years and throughout education.

This book is one of a series which will be of interest to all those who are concerned with the care and education of children from birth to 6 years – childminders, teachers and other professionals in schools; those who work in playgroups; private and community nurseries and similar institutions; governors, providers and managers. We also speak to parents and carers, whose involvement is probably the most influential of all for children's learning and development.

Our focus is on improving the effectiveness of early education. Policy developments come and go, and difficult decisions are often forced on all those with responsibility for young children's well-being. We aim to help with these decisions by showing how developmental approaches to . . .

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