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Arts Council England (ACE) is asking early years practitioners to contribute to a consultation on arts and creative practice in early years settings.

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Photo with thanks to Milton Keynes Gallery

The consultation is specifically focused on assessing the viability and attraction of an early years-specific award for arts and creative practice.

ACE already offers an Artsmark award to schools which demonstrate a commitment to providing arts and cultural opportunities for all pupils, and is now looking to offer a similar recognition of early years settings that encourage the arts.

The consultation forms part of the research commissioned by ACE on ways of supporting early years settings to develop their work on arts and culture. The research will be carried out by Earlyarts, a creative arts training company for early educators, and World Pencil, an organisation developing projects to unite arts, education and sustainability.

The consultation, which takes around 15 minutes to complete, sets out a series of options for supporting arts and creative practice in early years settings.

ACE is appealing for responses from anyone working with families or young children up to the age of six in England, in particular:

  • early years and KS1 teachers
  • heads of foundation stage/reception
  • early years practitioners and professionals
  • nursery managers and staff
  • childminders and nannies
  • local authority officers
  • SEND/SENCO staff
  • Early education trainers and advisers
  • Looked After Children staff
  • home educators
  • parents and carers
  • EYs membership bodies or networks
  • artists 
  • arts and cultural organisations
  • libraries staff

The deadline for the consultation is Friday 8 September.

The consultation can be found here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfQzQOhC4skualHNCKrqorREjudfs-e3hjbMZo6F3GmJCQwlA/viewform

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