Module Details

Module Code: EDUC N7010
Full Title: Creativity and the Arts in Early Childhood Studies 1
Valid From:: Semester 1 - 2022/23 ( September 2022 )
Language of Instruction:English
Duration: 1 Semester
Credits:: 5
Module Owner:: Hazel Dunphy
Departments: Nursing Midwifery & Early Years
Module Description: The aim of this module is to enable students to conceptualise creativity and the arts in Early Learning Care and begin to take preliminary steps as facilitators of arts activities with confidence. This module introduces students to theories and practices of creativity and play in the arts, with specific reference  to their own personal development as early years educators. The approach is play based with an emphasis on process over product. Students reflect upon and document their participation in a series of experiential arts workshops. The focus is on enabling students to creatively engage babies, toddlers and young children in purposeful and meaningful arts activities while considering relevant theories, approaches, and academic resources.
Module Learning Outcome
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Module Learning Outcome Description
MLO1 Reflect upon and document the individual creative journey in the practical workshops
MLO2 Demonstrate an understanding of theories, approaches and methodologies employed in Early Years Arts practices.
MLO3 Take preliminary steps to creatively engage babies, toddlers, and young children in inclusive, purposeful, and meaningful art activities in both indoor and outdoor environments.
MLO4 Examine the role and value of creativity in Early Learning and Care
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named DkIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
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Module 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 Early Learning Care
Creativity in Early Childhood Practice
Creativity, the young child, and the creative Early Years Educator. Exploring creativity in and through the arts and supporting creativity through play and inclusive arts-based experiences.
Process Arts
Experiential learning. Partaking in and beginning to plan indoor and outdoor arts-based experiences for holistic learning and development in Early Learning Care. Students gain practical experience of experimenting with a range of artistic mediums and ways of nurturing creative thinking in babies, toddlers, and young children. A focus is placed on how inclusive arts-based experiences in Early Learning Care can 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.
Module Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Module Special Regulation


Part Time On Campus

Course Work
Assessment Type Essay % of Total Mark 40
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing n/a Learning Outcome  
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Assessment Type Portfolio % of Total Mark 60
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing n/a Learning Outcome  
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
No Project
No Practical
No Final 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

This module has no Full Time On Campus workload.
Workload: Part Time On Campus
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description Every Week 1.00 1
Online Contact Contact No Description Every Week 1.00 1
Practical Contact No Description Once per semester 0.20 3
Directed Reading Non Contact No Description Every Week 3.80 3.8
Independent Study Non Contact No Description Every Week 7.60 7.6
Total Weekly Learner Workload 13.60
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.20
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Barnardos. (2019), Explore, Play and Learn Through the Arts in Pre-School Settings, 1st Ed. National Childhood Network, Dublin.
  • Bruce, T.. (2011), Cultivating Creativity: For Babies, Toddlers and Young Children, 2nd Revised edition. Hodder Education, UK, [ISBN: 1444137182].
  • Carol Edwards, L.. (2009), The Creative Arts: A Process Approach for Teachers and Children, 5 edition. Merrill Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
  • Duffy, B.. (2006), Supporting Creativity and Imagination in the Early Years, 2 edition. Open University Press, UK, [ISBN: 0335218598].
  • Robb, M., Mew. (2015), Learning with Nature., Green Books, Cambridge, England.
  • Robinson, K.. (2001), Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, 2 edition. Capstone publishing, West Sussex, [ISBN: 1841121258].
  • Thornton, Linda, and Pat Brunton. (2014), Bringing the Reggio Approach to your Early Years Practice, 3rd. Routledge, [ISBN: 978-041572912].
  • Suzy Tutchell. (2014), Young Children as Artists, [ISBN: 9780415517270].
  • Claire Warden. (2015), Learning with Nature, SAGE Publications Limited, p.128, [ISBN: 978-1446287460].
  • Vecchi, V.. (2004), Children, Art, Artists., 1st Ed. [ISBN: 8887960380-13].
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