Adapting your early years practice to a Challenging Circumstances context

by Creative Homes

What role do the arts and music education play in our work with early years and families in challenging circumstances?

What barriers do children in early years and their families face to accessing arts activities?

What are the key skills and approaches we need to adopt to work in these contexts?

Adapting your early years practice to a Challenging Circumstances context is a workshop, led by Sally Anne Donaldson, that will explore the current landscape of provision for young children and families living in London, and present the extraordinary work of Creative Homes; a home visiting service that brings artists into families homes to help them find creative solutions for day-to-day triggers of stress.

Together we will look at how to engage early years and families in challenging circumstances through creativity, interactively develop practical key skills and approaches, look at planning appropriate activity, and address the challenges associated with the work.

The session will also explore meaningful evaluation and social impact tools and ideas for supporting progression.

Sound Connections defines challenging circumstances as ‘any barrier to accessing music’. This could mean visually impaired children, refugees, young offenders, young people with mental health problems, those with disabilities, young people living in social deprivation – but the list is (almost) endless.

This course is aimed at workshop leaders, musicians, artists, Local Authority early years advisors and representatives of arts organizations working in a range of early years settings.

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