Expecting Something works with new, young and expectant parents under 25 and their babies in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh and Lochgelly, Fife, providing a weekly safe space to spend time with their babies and peers whilst engaging in artist-lead creative activities.
Over the next two years we hope that this project will empower these young parents, boosting their confidence, forging new relationships and developing strong bonds with their babies through regular and continued contact with arts and creativity.
In Spring 2016 we offered 8 Toddle Tour sessions at the National Galleries of Scotland which included creative play activities designed for children aged 2-5 to enjoy with their adult. Activities included messy play, outdoor sculpture building, mud painting and unstructured play in a range of locations around the galleries inspired by selected art exhibits on display.
Having worked on the Creative Skills Programme, Storyteller Andy Cannon was inspired to work with Early Years practitioners striving to ensure their nurseries were becoming more creative environments. Following on from that, Andy delivered a pilot project looking at playful ways to explore language and support language development with children aged 2-3 using stories and storytelling.
Creative movement artist Skye Reynolds led a 5 month residency project at Hillend Children’s Centre in Greenock which aimed to explore the impact consistent creative movement sessions had on the children, parents and staff.
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Wee Wanders was a pilot project to explore different ways of engaging nursery children with the National Galleries of Scotland and the three galleries they have in Edinburgh.
Nickum was an exciting co-project between Starcatchers, the RSNO and Aberdeen City Council which saw Starcatchers Artist Hazel Darwin-Edwards and Musician Abigail Sinar undertaking residencies in two nurseries in Aberdeen.
Expecting Something was a pilot project for Starcatchers working alongside The Family Nurse Partnership and funded by the Edinburgh and Lothian’s Health Foundation. The 9 month project worked with young first time parents under the age of 19 who were either pregnant or had a child under 2.
Playtime was a fifteen week programme of workshops, performances and CPD for the children, staff and parents of Barlanark Family Learning Centre and Helenslea Nursery.
Books provide a familiar access point for children, parents and staff and Story Pages explored how to use books as a starting point for guided interactive play with under 5s. Geraldine Heaney worked in Glenbrae Children’s Centre in Greenock for 10 weeks and work alongside musicians and visual artists as the project developed.