Early Years and the Arts


Earlyarts - a UK-wide network for people working creatively with children and families in the arts, cultural and early years sectors. Provides training and teachers’ packs.


5 X 5 X 5 - Independent arts-based action research organisation with an early years focus.



Play & Active Learning: a Toolkit for Foundation Phase

An ESTYN thematic report providing practical support to practitioners in schools and other early years settings on implementing a quality play and active approach to learning in the Foundation Phase. Includes useful case studies that show how creative activities are an important element of play and active learning. 


How Red is Red? A Toolkit for Art in the Early Years

Bilingual publication aimed at early years practitioners, artists and galleries, with advice and ideas on planning and running visual arts projects for 3 - 7 year-olds, both in the gallery and back at school. 


One small step for early years: One giant leap for children - Research findings and case studies documenting the impact of a creative learning programme which involved groups from 10 early years settings collaborating with arts and cultural professionals.


Feeding the Mind: Valuing the arts in the development of young children - Research into projects involving artists working with young children and early years workers