Edinburgh College students discover the importance of creativity

A group of Edinburgh College students recently took part in a two-day workshop designed to unlock their creativity and prepare them for a career working with children.

HNC Childhood Practice students took part in a creative skills workshop delivered by Starcatchers at the College’s Midlothian, Granton and Sighthill campuses.

The workshops aim to empower adults who work with young children, help them feel and be more creative and promote an engaging, playful, open-minded and child-centred approach.

Starcatchers is the leading national organisation specialising in Arts and Early Years, working across sectors with artists and other practitioners to develop their expertise through artistic opportunities and Creative Skills training.

Childhood Practice curriculum leader Jennifer Russell said: “This is the second year that Starcatchers have come in to deliver their workshop with our students and once again it was amazing! The students learned about the importance of using creativity when working with young children and found the workshops really engaging and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.”

Heather Armstrong, Starcatchers’ creative skills manager, said: “We love working with Edinburgh College’s Childhood Practice students. The sessions are always energetic, colourful and fun, challenging everyone to explore their own creativity and explore how the expressive arts can help create inspirational learning environments for babies and young children.

“Creativity and the expressive arts are a vital part of early education, and when students are working in early years settings we hope they will be able to draw on the confidence and creative skills they have developed whilst working with Starcatchers’ artists.

“In the sessions they learn to be led by children’s curiosity and introduce, for example, puppetry, music or other creative stimuli to spark imaginations even further. Nurturing babies’ and young children’s creativity and making sure they have every opportunity to explore the world around them and express themselves fully is just one of many reasons why early years is such a fun and rewarding career path to follow.

“We wish all the students the very best!”