Creative Skills is Starcatcher’s unique artist-facilitated training programme. We give early years professionals – nursery, family centre and out-of-school care staff, teachers, childminders and play-workers – the confidence and skills to put expressive arts at the hear of practice.

We build capacity by focusing on:

Your own creative confidence – everyone is creative; everyone is an artist. You can inspire, create wonder and introduce new ideas without dominating the creative process

Theory – why creativity is central to every child’s healthy development and how the expressive arts are tools for nurturing and developing this innate capacity

And practice – how to put expressive arts at the heart of your day-to-day practice and create inspirational learning spaces with babies and children.

Sessions are delivered in art-forms including puppetry, visual art, music, drama, storytelling and creative movement by artists who are experts at their art-forms and early years.

Funded by the Scottish Government, we collaborate with local authorities to deliver across Scotland. In 2019/20 our areas were Aberdeen, Dundee, Midlothian, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and East Renfrewshire.

Find out about our plans for online delivery during social distancing



If you’re interested in professional development for early years professionals, Starcatchers’ also offers bespoke training, tailored to your setting or organisation.

Download our Bespoke Training Information Booklet