What role do the arts and music education play in our work with early years and families in challenging circumstances? What barriers do children in early years and their families face to accessing arts activities? What are the key skills and approaches we need to adopt to work in these contexts?
This workshop, led by Sally Anne Donaldson, will explore the current landscape of provision for young children and families living in London, and present the extraordinary work of Creative Homes; a home visiting service that brings artists into families homes to help them find creative solutions for day-to-day triggers of stress.
Together we will look at how to engage early years and families in challenging circumstances through creativity, interactively develop practical key skills and approaches, look at planning appropriate activity, and address the challenges associated with the work. The session will also explore meaningful evaluation and social impact tools and ideas for supporting progression.
Sound Connections defines challenging circumstances as ‘any barrier to accessing music’. This could mean visually impaired children, refugees, young offenders, young people with mental health problems, those with disabilities, young people living in social deprivation – the list is (almost) endless.
This course is aimed at workshop leaders, musicians, artists, Local Authority early years advisors and representatives of arts organisations working in a range of early years settings.
More about Sally Anne Donaldson
Sally is a multi-tasking mum of two who comes from a varied performance background, including circus, dance and choreography. She also has a background in education, having taught dance to young people in prison as well as training practitioners in community dance outreach and education.
In 2009 Sally completed an MA in Dance Anthropology, at the University of Roehampton where she focused her research on creative movement practice in 0-2 year olds. In 2010 she set up Tea Dance for Little People to promote the health, wellbeing and development of children through theatre and movement.
Sally’s belief in the importance of creativity and movement in all aspects of young children’s lives lead her to start Creative Homes, in order to explore these things with families directly in their own homes where they need it most.
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