The expressive arts are powerful tools for learning – do Scotland’s early years professionals have the skills and confidence they need to deliver a full range of quality, creative experiences for our youngest children? We want to hear from Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) staff across Scotland…

The expressive arts and creativity are mentioned throughout the new Scottish care standards and Education Scotland is clear that the expressive arts are powerful tools for learning across the curriculum. There is no doubt that having the skills and confidence to use the expressive arts and creative approaches is essential for delivering high quality, early years practice.


Despite this, practical training in expressive arts and creative skills is not generally available as part of early years NC and HNC courses and at university it is often only available as a theory-based ‘opt-in’ course. Without the benefit of training, the range of creative activity taking place in nurseries and childcare settings is largely based on the existing skills, understanding and confidence of individual staff.


By completing this short survey, you will help us build a picture of how the expressive arts and creative approaches are being used in ELC settings across Scotland. Your responses will help us learn more about the skills and confidence of the ELC workforce, identify challenges and assess where the gaps are that need to be filled.


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