Create & Inspire: the Child-Centred Early Years Curriculum Inset

Developing learning potential through creativity

Cherry Hawker

Cherry Hawker is, above all else, excited about children’s learning! She has always been motivated to promote interactive and memorable learning experiences by her conviction that childhood is precious and that we are privileged to be a part of it. Cherry's career has led her from the classroom to working as a Primary Strategy Consultant and to headships in both small/rural and large/urban primary schools. trainer profile
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This course is for Early Years practitioners who want to develop their passion for child-centered learning where children will thrive and make progress. If you firmly believe that early education should hold inquiry, exploration and hands-on experiences at its heart this is for you. Is your vision for your setting that your pupils should be confident and self-motivated who will be ready to access the next stage of their learning? Join us to explore the delicate balance between child initiated and adult lead learning. 

Course Outcomes:

  • Understanding creativity
  • Develop the imagination of young learners
  • Promoting independence
  • Develop classroom roleplay
  • Clarifying the role of the adult - play leaders or learning leaders?

Full Course Content

What is Creativity in the Early Years?

  • Creativity and fun
  • Exploring when play becomes learning
  • Can we plan for creativity?

Creativity versus progress? Making sure our pupils learn

  • Imagination and role play
  • Planning that maximises imagination
  • Roleplay: more than dressing up but seeing the world from a different perspective
  • Keeping it open – learning opportunities that don’t end with a fizzle

Finding the balance – structure versus child freedom of expression

  • The route map – what destination do you have in mind for your children?
  • The role of the adult, when to lead and when to watch
  • Making a difference to tomorrow – a commitment to try something new