We launched Born Creative this morning - a collection of essays looking at how very young children can be more creative.

Young people have creative instincts but those have to be nurtured in the right environments - in early years education, at home, outdoors or in cultural organisations.

The collection includes a range of contributions from people who shape those environments, principally academic experts, leaders of cultural organisations and people who work in early years settings.

Amongst the examples of good practice and hints of the new political winds there are a few things I'd pick out.

First, there is a discussion of what creativity is and why it should be supported. Many of the examples of good practice show the power of creative learning in the development of citizens engaged with the places they live.

Second, there is a discussion of the role of the Early Years Foundation Stage (currently under review) in encouraging creativity in the Early Years. There are few voices in the Early Years Sector who wholeheartedly support the view for EYFS to be scrapped, which seems to question the assumption that government is a monolithic straight-jacket on the work of professionals.

Third, the collection provides a home for writing that connects the narrow focus on how 0-5 year-olds can learn creatively to bigger political themes and social shifts. David Lammy writes about engaging with culture as a 'moral adventure', Shirley Brice-Heath argues that consumerism and urbanization have reduced the opportunities for young people to be creative, Michael Rosen talks of the importance of a 'strong sense of democracy' in creative learning.

Much to consider and more.

David Vinter

As someone schooled through WW2, I constantly seem to hear parents putting the idea of fear into the minds of children rather than the great freedom I enjoyed. OK, so I was a country lad, I actually enjoyed the dark,[I had to, we had the blackout!]. But oh, just how those stars shone on a winters night. At 6 I walked miles alone in the local fields,climbing trees, as well as over a mile and a half each way to school. I enjoyed a warm kitchen fire in the winter evenings, eating toast, and reading library books---no swearing, no TV, and rare visits to see films. Everyone walked or cycled, petrol was very scarce, and local buses would get very crowded. Yes we did things we shouldn't, like scrounging rides on tractors, or very rarely on the footplate of a small local railway engine. But I never 'bunked' off school, I dare not! One night we had 6 V1 flying bombs over, on the other hand, almost daily I saw the sky full of US air force B17s and B24s, as a boy we knew almost every aircraft, as a rite of passage, always tried to mention them in essays.
I enjoyed school, I guess I found it pretty easy, but like all small boys had an almost magnetic attraction to ink----girls seemed to have some secret as to how to avoid it.
Great memories, never forgot our 'tables', and can still do the mental arithmetic we did every Friday.


Its a very good for every person.

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