Fostering Creative Play & Music In Early Years

01 February 2024

Well, this year has started at full throttle! The early years team have been busy running training sessions, launching music projects and planning an early years creativity conference just for you.. Read on to see how you can join in!

Music CPD Opportunity: Building Confidence Using Music in Early Childhood

A practical and interactive online six-week Zoom course is for anyone who wants to improve their skills and knowledge in early years music.

7.30 pm – 9.00 pm on Mondays 4/11/18 March & 15/22/29 April 2024

The course will cover:

• Confidence in delivering simple singing games, rhymes and instrumental work
• Musical play and how to support it through adult interaction
• Identifying and celebrating children’s musical achievement. 

Click here for more information and to book your place, and keep an eye on our website or join our mailing list to hear about future CPD opportunities.

Early Years Conference 

Making & Believing: Fostering creativity within Early Years 

10.00 am – 3.30 pm on Monday 25 March 2024 at Derby Theatre

Tickets £25 each for the full day including a hot lunch

Following the successful Early Years project Making & Believing this conference aims to energise you whilst you explore creative play for early years children. 

Join us to: 

• Build your toolkit by joining practical creative sessions led by experienced artists.
• Discuss very young children’s creativity with early years peers.
• Join an invited group of nursery children and their staff to experience a beautiful, hear-warming dance show designed for early years children.
• Hear presentations from known and respected speakers with extensive experience in leading early childhood arts research.  
We hope you will end the day feeling enriched and empowered.

Find out more and book your place here

This event is brought to you by Making & Believing project partners Take Art (Somerset), Derby Theatre and Surrey Arts and is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. 

Music Projects In Settings

On 15 January the staff from Draycott & Rodney Stoke Church of England First School shared their experience of, and learning from, hosting a SoundWaves Network Early Years Music project. It was wonderful to hear their story, understand how it impacted on their music provision and how they plan to continue sharing music in their school. A huge thank you to all of them for embracing this project with such open minds and great enthusiasm.

We have launched four new music projects since term started. More early years music practitioners are working in collaboration with setting staff and children to develop high quality early years music practice. Two nurseries in Dorset and two school reception classes in Bournemouth and Poole are receiving 10 session each.

We wish you all a super Spring Term and hope to see you along the way.

Jane Parker & Jennie Loader