Full Title:Creativity and the Arts in Early Childhood Studies 1
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:EDUC N7010
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( June 2019 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:The aims of this Module are to enable students to conceptualise Creativity and the Arts in Early Years Education and to begin to apply effective creative experiences in the Early Years Setting. This Module introduces students to theories and practices of creativity and play in the Arts, with specific references to their own personal development as Early Years Educators. The approach is Play based with an emphasis placed on Process over Product. Students will actively engage in the discovery of their own individual creativity while facilitating and documenting Arts activities with children in their own Early Years settings. The focus is on enabling students to creatively engage babies, toddlers and young children in purposeful and meaningful Arts activities for learning and development and on discovering how early childhood artists and creative educators can enable children to acknowledge, respect and affirm diversity. Students will discuss the Role and Value of the Arts in the Early years while considering relevant theories, approaches and other appropriate academic resources.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Explore the creative self in practical workshops.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of theories, approaches and methodologies employed in Early Years Arts practices.
  3. Devise, implement and document a creative Arts programme for babies and young children using both indoor and outdoor environments.
  4. Self-reflect on the individual creative learning journey.
  5. Critically examine the role and value of creativity in Early Childhood Education
  6. Develop an awareness of how through participating in meaningful creative experiences, children can absorb powerful messages regarding diversity, identities and cultures.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Creativity
Conceptualising creativity; the nature of creativity, creative capacities and traits in children and adults, creative thinking as a skill, types of creativity, attitudes towards creativity, blocks to creativity, and ways of nurturing creative thinking in babies, toddlers and young children.
Creativity in Early Childhood Practice
Creativity and the young child and the creative practitioner in early childhood practice. Exploring creativity in and through the arts and supporting creativity through play and arts-based experiences.
Process Arts
Experiential learning. Partaking in and beginning to plan and implement process led indoor and outdoor arts based experiences for holistic learning and development. Students will gain practical experience of experimenting with a range of artistic mediums and ways of creatively engaging babies, toddlers and young children in purposeful and meaningful Arts activities for learning and development an arts workshop setting. Focus will be placed on enabling the students to consider how meaningful creative early childhood experiences support children's development by acknowledging, respecting and affirming diversity.
Models of Best Practice in Early Years Arts Provision
Case studies of national and international creative early years arts practice including The Reggio Emilia Approach and Steiner Waldorf, Montessori and Forest School Education will be utilised. The case studies will explore the role of creativity and the arts in the learning and development of young children.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Part Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Essay n/a 3,4,5 40.00 0 0 n/a 0
Portfolio n/a 1,2,3,4,5 60.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

This course has no Full Time workload.
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Practical No Description 3.00 Once per semester 0.20
Directed Reading No Description 3.80 Every Week 3.80
Independent Study No Description 7.60 Every Week 7.60
Total Weekly Learner Workload 12.60
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.20
Recommended Book Resources
  • Bruce, T. 2011, Cultivating Creativity: For Babies, Toddlers and Young Children, 2nd Revised edition Ed., Hodder Education UK [ISBN: 1444137182]
  • Carol Edwards, L. 2009, The Creative Arts: A Process Approach for Teachers and Children, 5 edition Ed., Merrill Upper Saddle River New Jersey
  • Duffy, B. 2006, Supporting Creativity and Imagination in the Early Years, 2 edition Ed., Open University Press UK [ISBN: 0335218598]
  • Robb, M., Mew, Learning with Nature., 2015 Ed., Green Books Cambridge, England
  • Robinson, K. 2001, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, 2 edition Ed., Capstone publishing West Sussex [ISBN: 1841121258]
  • Thornton, Linda, and Pat Brunton 2014, Bringing the Reggio Approach to your Early Years Practice, 3rd Ed., Routledge [ISBN: 978-041572912]
  • Tutchell, Suzy. 2014, Young Children as Artists: Art and Design in the Early Years and Key Stage 1, 2014 Ed., Routledge [ISBN: 9780415517270]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NNAEC_7 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Studies 3 Mandatory