Moonbeams – CPD for Early Years practitioners with Arts Connect


A continuing professional development (CPD) course for early years practitioners and artists.

Moonbeams – developing tomorrow’s leaders in arts and culture for early years. CPD courses available in Birmingham and Stoke.

Arts Connect is working in partnership with BTSA and other partners such as CREC (the Centre for Research in Early Childhood), to support the development of emerging leaders of arts and creativity in early years (0-5 years) both from the early year’s settings and from the arts and cultural sectors. A parallel CPD Course is also running with Birmingham Nursery Schools TSA.

What is Moonbeams?

Linda Jones, Moonbeams lead for BTSA, said: “The Moonbeams course involves four artists and early years practitioners, from four different settings, working in a paired partnership through a 10 day course of group sessions (e.g. taught elements on Child Development; Creativity; Provocations; Documentation; Reflection), co-delivery and action research in the setting.”

“This is supported by expert Pedagogistas (experts in early years education and in arts and culture in early years) and action researchers, as well as external presenters. The programme began with an introduction and planning day in July 2016, and started in settings from September.”

The project will last for one year.

Experts in drama, arts and design and puppetry

The artists are experts in drama, arts and design and puppetry and will be sharing their knowledge with early years practitioners, whilst at the same time learning about early years development through provocation as demonstrated through the Reggio Emilia approach. It is hoped that through this shared learning experience staff will become advocates and leaders within their settings and beyond.

Part of the course will include opportunities to deliver CPD, share their work with others, and contribute to seminars and a Moonbeams conference where the artists and practitioners will present their findings together.

Come to the conference

The conference takes place at the University College in Birmingham on Monday 5 June 2017.

Further information on the conference and how to book, including the ticket price, will be available soon.

Linda concluded: “This is an exciting collaboration and we are keen to see the results of this unique opportunity.”

written by Linda Jones

Assistant Director for School Direct


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