Moonbeams - a continuing professional development course for early years practitioners and artists

Developing tomorrow’s leaders in arts and culture for early years. CPD courses available in Birmingham and Stoke.

Arts Connect is working in partnership with Birmingham Nursery Schools Teaching Schools Alliance; and other partners such as CREC (the Centre for Research in Early Childhood), to support the development of emerging leaders of arts and creativity in early years (0-5 years) both from the early year’s settings and from the arts and cultural sectors.

The Moonbeams course will involve selected artists and early years practitioners, from 8 settings in the West Midlands, working in a paired partnership through a 10 day course of group sessions (eg taught elements on Child Development; Creativity; Provocations; Documentation; Reflection), co-delivery and action research in the setting. This will be supported by expert Pedagogistas (experts in early years education and in arts and culture in early years) and action researchers, as well as external presenters. The programme will begin with an introduction and planning day 8th July 2016, commence in settings from mid-September, and complete by mid-May 2017.

We are particularly interested in developing the experience and skills of early years practitioners and artists who have the potential to become advocates and leaders within their settings and sectors. Part of the course will include opportunities to deliver CPD, share their work with others, and contribute to seminars and a conference.

This is an exciting and unique opportunity and we are interested in participants from a range of settings (maintained and private nurseries; nursery and reception classes) and artists with different arts and cultural expertise.

We particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics.

Please read this document to find out more about the Birmingham course and this document to find out about the Stoke course before completing this relevant application pack (links below) and submitting according to the instructions.

Birmingham course – application pack

Stoke course – application pack