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promoting creative and reflective practice in early childhood education


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Foundation Projects

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 Projectcp5

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.

More information on the Creative Thinking in Action Project



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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.

More information on The Creative Foundation

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.


Exploring Pathways 

Death Fear and Bravado

Making Your Mark
Creature Worlds 
Inventing Together