The programme

Our early years programme – Moonbeams (for 0-5 years) aims to raise the profile of early years creativity, develop new sustainable practice by building the leadership skills of artists and educators, and through learning networks address issues of quality and access.

Our key focus is on the critical role of arts, culture and creativity in the development of language and communication in early years particularly for those young children with limited language skills or who are non-verbal.

Pedagogy

Moonbeams is influenced by the creative approach to child-led development linked to the educational philosophy of Reggio Emilia.

The programme is developed with organisations and individuals from the early years and arts and cultural sectors, such as Birmingham Nursery Schools Teaching School Alliance, the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC), arts and cultural organisations including Music Education Hubs, individual educators and practitioners, academics, artists and pedagogues.

Programme of activity 2019–2022

We run a wide programme of activity for early years from conferences and seminars to workshops and creative picnics. Our programme over the next 3 years will include:

  • Round Table discussions with regional and national leaders and policy makers.
  • Creative conversations events where we informally share quality practice and pedagogy.
  • A Facebook network for the early years and arts community.
  • Moonbeams microsite a key online resource for practitioners.
  • Early years arts and creativity seminars.
  • CREC Early Years Arts and Creativity accredited module to contribute to a Masters qualification.
  • Continuing Professional Development events.
  • An international Moonbeams conference.

Get in touch

Please contact Pepita Hanna, Associate Director Partnership and Investment, if you are interested or need further information or details.