We thought about the children in our setting and what the practitioners thought would benefit their learning from to continue and implement it into the setting. We looked at local artists and how we could use the money to benefit as many areas as possible, around children’s emotional, creativity, expressive language and to develop their resilience to take part in new experiences as well as enhancing the children’s understanding around the world we live in and multicultural artists.
We booked in a storyteller, dancers, African drummer, using Arts, O, lam, also clay modelling with pinikity pots, as well as using the money to provide the setting with some resources that we could use to scaffold this interest further and captivate the children learning, such as instruments, globes, maps, and materials.
This was a completely new project for our settings, building on the children’s love of music from around the room and scaffolding their awareness of emotions and those of others.
We wanted to make sure that as many children would benefit from this project, however we were aware that children access the setting at different points of the day and over various days. Also booking artists on certain days was not an option, so we had to take what was available. Most of the children who accessed the setting overt the half the week, were able to participate in the story telling, clay modelling, dance, and instrumental sessions. There were certain children who we knew would benefit more significantly than others. For example, those children with low confidence and participation involvement, those whose speech, language and understanding needed support. The practitioners work at the setting throughout the week, so we knew that around 10 practitioners would be actively involved throughout these sessions and would take part because it would allow them to develop their learning further and support and scaffold into the practice once the artists had finished. I would estimate that around 60 children participated throughout the project and 10 practitioners.