‘I AM BABA’ by Anna Newell with David Goodall. Photo: Neil Harrison
Pilot Arts in Early Learning & Care and School Age Childcare Scheme
The Arts Council is delighted to partner with the
Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) on
an Arts in Early learning & Care (ELC) and School Age Childcare
(SAC) pilot. The pilot is being overseen by a steering group made up
of representatives from the DCEDIY Early Learning and Care and School-Age
Childcare Division, the Department of Education Early Years Inspectorate, the
National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), the Department of
Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media (DTCAGSM), and the Arts
The pilot is supporting professional artists and arts
organisations to work with Early Learning & Care (ELC) and School Age
Childcare (SAC) settings, and to explore the Draft Principles for Engaging with the Arts in Early
Learning and Care recently published by the DCEDIY. It
includes children aged 0-3, 4-6 and 7+ across a variety of settings in
different parts of the country.
Following a Call
for Applications the
following artists and arts organisations have been selected to participate in
A multidisciplinary approach to support creativity
and the arts for children aged 0-3 years. Artists Rachel Doolin,
Grace Kiely and Niamh Geoghegan will work with three ELC settings in Cork
Kids Own Publishing Partnership:
Visual artists Maree Hensey and Naomi Draper
will work with two ELC settings in Co Sligo.
Exploration of drama and visual arts. Artists Joanna
Parkes and Jane Groves will work with two settings in Dublin.
Monica Munoz Marin:
Creative movement and dance. Dance artist
Monica Munoz Marin will work with two ELC settings in Dublin.
The pilot scheme is being coordinated by the Early
Childhood Education and Care team; Atlantic Technological University Galway /
Mayo, led by Dr Rita Melia.
More on early childhood arts
The Arts Council has been supporting artists and practitioners
working in early years arts for more than a decade. In 2012, the Arts Council
commissioned its first research report in this area, Early
Childhood Arts: Three Perspectives, which included an overview of Early
Childhood Education and Care policy and provision in Ireland, a background
paper on the role of the arts in early childhood learning and development, and
an international perspective on best practice in Early Childhood Arts. The
paper documented eight early childhood arts projects as part of the research
and provides useful insights on what was then an emerging area of practice.
Practitioners in Ireland have since continued to develop their practice in this
area through a wide variety of projects and initiatives.
Research regarding arts
and cultural participation among children confirms the
benefits to children when they engage in the arts in their early years, and
also indicates that patterns of participation in the arts are set from a very
young age. The research points to the important role early years settings can
play in ensuring children from diverse backgrounds and different genders have
opportunities to participate freely in the arts. The Arts Council is delighted
to continue to partner with others to support and promote the arts in early
years. Please see information about our Residencies, as a related
initiative in this area.