Creative care

Expressive-arts initiative will help children to flourish as happy, confident individuals

Unleash our children’s creative potential – that’s the challenge from the Care Inspectorate which has launched a new resource to help all care services that work with children achieve this ambition.

Minister for Childcare and Early Years Maree Todd with Karen Reid, Chief Executive of the Care Inspectorate, at the launch of Our Creative Journey

Our Creative Journey is a resource exploring and sharing good-practice examples from across Scotland of how expressive arts benefit children. It has been developed in collaboration with partner organisations, which worked with practitioners to tell their own stories involving children and parents. Examples include art, drama, pretend play, music and song, model making, loose-parts play, storytelling and dance.

Our Creative Journey brings to life how taking part in expressive arts can transform children’s experiences and help them to flourish as confident, resilient and happy individuals.

At the launch, Minister for Childcare and Early Years Maree Todd, said: “We all know that children learn key skills through creative activities such as storytelling, drawing, outdoor play, music and drama. And it is important that everyone working with children feels confident and inspired to deliver these activities. This guide will help achieve that.

“The more we do to support children to get the broadest possible experiences in their early years, the better the start they get in life. We can do this by giving children the chance to play, to paint, to pretend, to develop their talents, their imaginations and their potential as part of their early learning offer, when at home with their families, or in their communities.”

Karen Reid, Chief Executive of the Care Inspectorate, said: “By highlighting good practice, we want to be a positive catalyst for change and improve the impact that all early learning and childcare services have on outcomes for children.

“Creative play helps children flourish as confident, resilient and happy individuals and it is vital for child development. Creativity is a key ingredient for children to learn how to follow their curiosity, solve problems and make sense of the world.

“And we want to support all care services to embrace creativity in all aspects of care.”

The resource is primarily aimed at practitioners but it will also be of interest to parents/carers and anyone looking after of working with children or young people, including statutory social work and education, voluntary sector support services and activity-based provision.

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