Earlyarts, which creates art related teaching materials for early years settings, has launched a new range of resources with the aim to bring the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) to life.
Based on research which asserts that good quality arts experience can impact on early brain development, Earlyarts has combined its knowledge from 10 years in the sector with input from skilled artist and teachers to create the six packs including; ‘Using Mark Making with Charcoal’ and ‘Using Photography of the Environment.’
These packs are specifically designed to help children develop their physical, social, emotional, mathematical, linguistic, creative and cognitive skills.
Head teacher, Gail Newton, who trialled the products at Linthwaite Clough Junior, Infant and Early Years School said: “We believe that creative, investigative and explorative activities such as these are fundamental to children’s natural growth and development and therefore integral to successful learning and achievement. With these resources, the structure worked well and links are made to philosophy and curriculum in a logical way that gave value to investigative and exploratory learning.”
Nathan Archer, manager of Lincolnshire Montessori Children’s House, Nathan Archer, manager of Lincolnshire Montessori Children’s Houseanother early years setting which participated in the trials, said: “These activities are relevant, well considered, age appropriate and well presented. Our children thoroughly enjoyed using them!”
June O’Sullivan, chief executive of nursery chain London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) also added; “What’s important in life is how we all make sure our children get the best opportunities for learning, especially for being creative. That is why these materials are to be welcomed as a breath of fresh air for the sector. They are well designed, high quality, great fun and easy to put into practice immediately. And importantly, they are based on sound pedagogical principles – every nursery teacher should have a pack! We’re already using them in our nurseries at LEYF.”