A full shift to remote working

Starcatchers’ management and administration team have shifted fully to a remote working model this month as we vacate our office space in Summerhall, Edinburgh. Face-to-face engagement remains at the heart of what we do, but the legacy of working together in a digital space over the past few months, as well as engaging audiences digitally… Read more »

Magical, joyful experiences for kinship families

  Two new team members join Starcatchers this month to develop Creative Kin, a three-year project bringing together artists and kinship families in North Ayrshire.     Anna Downie, Creative Kin’s Project Coordinator and Kirsty Pennycook, Early Years Artist will deliver weekly creative sessions for young children and their kinship families.    They’ll create magical, joyful and energising experiences with families through art and imaginative family play –… Read more »

Artwork created by Expecting Something families unveiled at Fife Exhibition

A piece of art created by seven children aged between 4 months and 4 years with their parents is unveiled today at an exhibition in Glenrothes.   The children braved windy, wet weather to create the 1.3m x 1.8m canvas outdoors in the Lochgelly Centre’s garden using paint filled eggs, paint sticks, powders, prints, collage and pendulum art.   Due… Read more »

Kirsten Hogg elected to the Starcatchers board

Delighted to welcome Kirsten Hogg, Head of Policy at SCVO, to the Starcatchers board. She was elected as the newest member of the team during the Starcatchers board AGM on Tuesday evening (22/09/20). Her extensive experience of children’s services, governance and policy and her passion for the arts has made her a valuable addition to… Read more »

Creative Skills goes online!

Creative Skills, Starcatchers Professional Development for the Early Learning and Childcare Workforce, has launched an online programme for 2020/21. The programme, which consists of five main elements, aims to help those who work in early years improve their creative confidence and spark inspiration for fun and creative ideas they can use in their settings.  … Read more »

2000 creative play packs

2,000 Creative Play Packs are being distributed to babies, young children and their families across Scotland.   Each pack includes a set of 20 Wee Inspiration idea cards and supporting resources to encourage fun, creative play between adults and little ones.   Whether it’s painting with big sticks, creating a ‘love letter’ for distant family… Read more »

Working with Articulate to support families

  We are delighted to be working with Articulate to deliver creative parenting online support to families in Scotland. The sessions will help build confidence and develop strong bonds between parents and their wee ones through regular creative play.   Starcatchers’ Creative Skills Manager, Heather Armstrong, and Expecting Something Artist Kerry Cleland will work alongside Articulate… Read more »

Communal friendship bracelets

“I hope to create a sense of intrigue, magic and inspire some fun and games, connecting families with their outdoor physical surroundings, with the history of our community, each other and also others in the community.”   A burst of colour is brightening up a Glasgow housing estate as local families with young children weave… Read more »

Big inspirations artists announced

  We’re delighted to have commissioned five new projects developed by early years artists in Scotland especially for babies, young children and their parents. As part of our Big Inspirations Commission, all are very different but all explore ways of connecting with and inspiring our youngest children whilst they’re at home playing and learning together… Read more »