Op 2.17

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OP 2.17: Contribute to the support of children’s creative development

1. Describe why creative development is important to children’s learning

Children’s creativity must be extended by the provision of support for their curiosity, exploration and play. They must be provided with opportunities to explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings, for example, through a variety of art, music, movement, dance, imaginative and role-play activities, mathematics, and design and technology.
What Creative Development means for children • Creativity is about taking risks and making connections and is strongly linked to play. • Creativity emerges as children become absorbed in action and explorations of their own ideas, expressing
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The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework highlights the importance of creativity and creative learning in the early years of education. One of the four principles that underpin the EYFS framework relates to learning and development. It emphasises the importance of creativity and critical thinking in all aspects of children’s experience, and pronounces creative development as an area of learning in its own right.

As an early years practitioner we aim to support the development of practice in promoting young children’s creativity and creative learning within the setting. Monitoring and evaluation help to ensure that the setting’s policies and procedures are working in practice and that opportunities for creativity and creative learning provided have the desired effect. Evaluation is also a way of communicating with providers of grants or funds about the work of the setting. Evaluation involves looking at the work of the setting, how the work was done and what the results were. It provides the opportunity to review the work of the setting, to make any necessary adjustments or improvements and to celebrate success. As an early years practitioner, we may be involved in evaluating the setting’s practice in promoting young children’s creativity and creative learning. To do this effectively we need to select realistic methods for evaluating the setting’s practice. W will need to discuss and agree these evaluation methods with the relevant members of staff.

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