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Creativity and the Arts in Early Childhood

Creativity and the Arts in Early Childhood

Supporting Young Children’s Development and Wellbeing

Ruth Churchill Dower

Quick Overview

Recognising the importance of creative learning processes and the arts for young children's physical, social and emotional development, this book provides guidance for early childhood practitioners to encourage creativity in their settings. Each chapter includes reflective questions and strategies that can be implemented in daily practice.
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Paperback / softback
2019, 8.98in x 5.91in / 228mm x 150mm, 272pp
ISBN: 9781785926136
2019, ePUB
ISBN: 9781785926143
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Offering practical guidance on encouraging creativity in early childhood settings, this much-needed book highlights the importance of the arts and creativity for children's learning, critical thinking, social interaction and self-regulation.

The book considers the impact of creativity on early brain development and discusses how to choose the right arts or creative approach for your children. Principles for creative curriculums, teaching, assessments and environments are provided and each chapter includes a 'practitioner toolkit' element, with reflective questions and practical strategies for implementing the learning from the chapter into daily practice.


'Capturing the inherent creativity of children and using it to empower, learn and change children themselves - and us - is what makes this book such a great read. Churchill Dower makes the case that language, social interaction and positive brain development are just the beginning of what being creative can deliver for society via our children. Exploration and the very joy of play our only limited by our imaginations.'
- Gregory Lane, Soho Family Centre

'In a culture where children are increasingly represented by numbers this thought-provoking book is an essential, much needed read. Research based throughout leaving you with a passionate desire to bring creativity to the forefront of education. Ruth balances knowledge of the crucial importance of creativity in early years with practical, motivating methods and questions for reflection to inspire, challenge and improve practise.'
- Kate Shelley, Tales Toolkit


By (author): Ruth Churchill Dower