Creative Skills is Starcatchers’ unique artist-led 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.

Creative Skills: embark on a journey 

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.

Starcatchers’ Creative Skills training programme 

Free Creative Skills training in 2019/20, funded by the Scottish Government and delivered across Scotland

Bespoke training opportunities, tailored to the needs of your setting

Creative Skills SQA Level 7 Qualification


For those who complete Starcatchers’ Creative Skills training programme, we also offer an SQA-approved Level 7 Qualification: Creative Skills in Early Childhood Practice (24 credits).

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.

Already completed the Creative Skills training programme? Find out more about our SQA Qualification here.

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Bespoke Training

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 Creative Skills bespoke training, contact Catherine Wilson.

Find out more about Creative Skills Bespoke Training