Creative Skills is Starcatchers’ 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 heart of practice.


Starcatchers also offers bespoke training tailored to your setting. We offer in-service days, half-days, full-days or twilight formats, bespoke training programmes and practical workshops or break-out sessions. Find out more by downloading our Comissioned Training booklet.

Creative Skills

Let us inspire you


Be challenged to explore your own creativity and learn how expressive arts such as music, drama, puppetry, visual art, storytelling, and creative movement can transform early years learning environments.

Funded by the Scottish government, we work in local authority areas across Scotland to work directly with early years professionals.

About the Creative Skills training programme 
Creative Skills Training 2019/20

Creative Skills Plus: Our SQA Level 7 Qualification

In 2019/20, we’re delivering Creative Skills Plus which combines our SQA Qualification with our practical training.

You’ll further the learning from Creative Skills by focussing on the theory around creativity in childhood, as well as examining how to practically integrate creative skills into your practice.

Creative Skills SQA Qualification 2019/20

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Starcatchers’ Bespoke Training


Need inspiration, wonder and some new ideas? We work directly with organisations to deliver bespoke training – past clients have included NDNA, Aberdeen City Council, Dundee City Council, University of West of Scotland, SOSCN, Midlothian Association of Play and SCMA.

For more information about bespoke training, contact Catherine Wilson.

Find out more about  Starcatchers’ Bespoke Professional Development for Early Learning and Childcare
Download Starcatchers’ Bespoke Training Information Booklet