Creativity in the Early Years

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Creativity in the Early Years

Creativity in the Early Years


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As early years practitioners and educators, we are increasingly becoming aware of the importance of fostering creativity in young children and identifying children’s creative abilities as significant modes and means through which they express themselves, learn and develop holistically. 

Through this course learners will explore the role that creativity and the expressive arts play in children’s lives as well as notions of multimodality, meaning-making and play.  Building on Vygotsky’s ideas that culture and social interaction form the basis upon which learning occurs as well as principles embraced by the emergent curriculum approach, this course will be useful to those practitioners and educators who wish to extend their knowledge and understanding of practical ways in which the multimodality and the expressive arts can be used to implement more innovative and integrated practices in early years settings. 

This is a 45 hr guided learning course. Students need to invest further hours in the course, which will include private study and home assignments.

Lessons are held as indicated on the prospectus and website.



  1. Understand and explain the concept of creativity in children’s play and learning
  2. Analyze the role of the early years practitioner in creating learning spaces that provoke and facilitate children’s creative and meaning-making processes
  3. Create opportunities for meaningful and integrated learning in Early Childhood settings to make connections between different domains of knowledge and multimodal ways of expression and representation

Pre-Requisites

This course is aimed at early years practitioners and educators including those working in child care centres, kindergarten classrooms and early primary classrooms.  Experience working with babies, toddlers and young children will be beneficial.  Previous experience or training in planning and organizing learning for young children in early years settings is recommended

Entry Requirements

MCAST Level 3 and a minimum of one year experience in a classroom setting (childcare centre or KG classroom or primary classroom)

OR

MCAST Level 4 or higher

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