Unit 147

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Unit 082 Promote creativity and creative learning in young children

For this unit I will discuss the importance of creativity and creative learning for young children and competence in promoting this in early year’s settings.

Outcome 1 Understand the concepts of creativity and creative learning and how these affect all aspects of young children’s learning and development

AC1.1 Creativity consists of traditional creative arts and the development of imagination and imaginative play, such as role play and small world play. Creativity is about helping children to find ways to express themselves through a range of arts and crafts, such as crafts e.g. sewing, drawing and painting, design, music and creative movement e.g. dance. Creativity is about exploring emotions and expressions, therefore, the focus of creativity in this sense is only partially about producing an end product and is more about enjoying and learning from the process.

Creative learning is about helping children develop imaginative thinking through an exploration of materials/objects and problem-solving skills, such as construction. It is also about giving children opportunities to make connections between different areas and to relate to them. Some creative learning activities may be goal orientated for example making a den. The den is the goal but the children will be exploring the different materials to use for a roof or planning out how to support the roof, therefore, they will be practicing their problem-solving skills.

Creative learning involves innovation, control, relevance and ownership, which also characteristics of creative learning

Jeffery & woods 2003

In educational settings creativity can have a variety of meanings for example – creativity consists of traditional arts and the development of imagination and imaginative play, such as role play. Creativity is about helping children find ways to express themselves through range of arts and crafts. E.g. sewing,...