Kneeling young woman showing pieces of clay to a pre school child.

The Art of Woodwork – Creative woodwork in the early years with Pete Moorhouse

Date: 23 June

Time: 1.15 – 3.15pm (with comfort break)

Venue: online – via Zoom

In this online seminar, Pete Moorhouse will share his passion for creative woodwork enabling participants to feel confident to introduce to their setting or build on the creative capacity of children when working with this natural material.  Pete will share how woodwork provides a unique learning experience for young children that is rich across many areas of learning and development. Children really enjoy doing woodwork and become absorbed for extended periods of time. It encompasses creative thinking, maths skills, scientific investigation, physical development, and coordination, whilst developing language and vocabulary, and so much more.  It is also wonderful for building self-esteem and confidence through being empowered to use real tools, by being given responsibility, accomplishing tasks that they initially feel to be challenging, gaining new skills, and taking pride in their creations.

No experience is needed; this seminar will be delightfully engaging, practical and welcoming of all people working with children in a variety of capacities from the ages of 3 to 5 years. Details of simple materials to bring to the session will be available when booking. 25 places available on a first-come-first-served basis for £10.

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For additional information or queries contact Arts Connect. 

Pete Moorhouse is an early years creative consultant and artist educator. He is an honorary research fellow at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol researching creative and critical thinking in Early Years. Pete is an associate trainer for Early Education and deliverers training both nationally and overseas. His work in school is centred around nurturing children’s creativity and his practice is inspired by Froebelian principles and practice in Reggio Emilia. Pete is the UKs leading authority on woodwork in Early Years education and has written several books and journal articles, including ‘Learning Through Woodwork’ (Routledge) and Outdoor Learning. He is currently working his latest book – ‘Creativity in Practice: Nurturing creative and critical thinking in early childhood education’. Pete won the national award (2019) from the Creative Learning Guild for his work promoting creativity in education. He was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.