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Welcome to Our Creative Adventure

- a training resource for settings and organisations.

Our Creative Adventure is a training resource for Early Years settings. It is for babies aged 0 to children aged 4 and has three strands that train and support practitioners in creating and leading their own dance sessions and to use dance improvisation to support high quality interactions.

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Quality interactions are the cornerstone of Early Years practice

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“Education is all in the interaction” Janet Moyles, Education Consultant and Author

Quality interactions are how we understand behaviour, deepen learning and develop well being.

All the training is delivered alongside sessions in your setting. So practitioners can see the work with their children.

You can read about me, Liz Clark, here

The mode of feedback we use is our bodies. I think that’s really important. Isn’t that what mirroring (improvisation) does? It says ‘well done’ ... he was crawling and I was mirroring. That’s my way of saying ‘well done' " 

Early Years Practitioner

“ When you are doing the creative adventure nothing pulls you away people don’t distract you because you are engrossed... they know by distracting you it will break the magic"

Early Years Practitioner

“The bonds are stronger….. just being with the child for two minutes - the child touched my knee and I felt connected already. When a child starts nursery what I have learnt about mirror play will be very helpful.. I can use it in a practical way.“  

Early Years Practitioner

 

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Sessions in your setting

Training is delivered in your setting with your children. Practitioners take part in the sessions, seeing the work in action and experiencing how it runs with their working rooms and their children. Each session is followed by discussion so that staff can get going with their own dance sessions very quickly

See a session led by staff after training here

 

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Digital Resource Pack

A suite of training videos and information which reminds and helps practitioners in delivering the programme in their setting. 

This includes signposting to music which is used each time for your settings creative adventures. 

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Coaching

Additional training is delivered in small groups where practitioners explore the techniques and tools of improvisation. They then trial these tools immediately with their children. Coaching in small groups means that practitioners can get on board quickly and learn skills to enhance their relationships with the children they care for. Using video techniques practitioners learn how everyday dance can be used in their practice to help with transition, the key person relationship and behaviour.

This is a revolutionary project that has changed practice in nursery."

Caroline Farley, Manager, Loughborough Campus Nursery. 

 

It's about the possibilities that are there for and created by expression. But it’s about the inclusion, that every child is welcome and us getting every child to join in, finding that little aspect that works.”  

 Early Years Practitioner