The ‘Creative Thinking in Action’ and ‘Creative Foundation’ projects, comprised the first explorations into developing a creative reflective pedagogy. The Arts Council-funded projects enabled more than fifty early years settings to work researchfully together.
The Creative Thinking in Action Project
Supported by Arts Lottery Funding, and in collaboration with Early Education, this project enabled forty-five extensive collaborations over a three years period, between artists and early years settings in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.
The Creative Foundation
The Creative Foundation comprised a core group of eight early childhood projects working in relationship with artists and with each other over three years, forming a close-knit practice and research group.The project culminated with the production of The ‘Experiments and Encounters’ exhibit: a celebratory display of young children’s creative potential visualised through photographs, painting, drawing, drawing, collage, video and sculpture with explanatory scripts and panels.
Foundation Project Narratives
Versions of most of these also appear in our publication 'Adventuring in Early Childhood Education' and in the exhibit 'Experiments & Encounters.'
Adventuring in Early Childhood Education is available from our bookshop; 'Experiments & Encounters' is available on request for display.