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.

Read our 2018/19 Creative Skills report



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