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Encouraging Creative and Critical Thinking in Early Years Education by Pete Moorhouse, Dubai


Date: 31 January - 1 February, 2020
Location: UAE, Dubai,
Hotel: Holiday Inn Barsha, www.hialbarshadubai.com (special room rate for event)
Price: 595 USD if registration before December 1st, 2019. 650 USD if registration after December 1st, 2019.

This course will focus on how to develop children creative thinking. We will gain an understanding of the importance creativity plays in education and in life as a whole. We will look in detail at the experience of Reggio Emilia and their approach to encouraging creativity and independent thinking. I will present two examples of children’s explorations in depth – Woodwork and Photography. The course will conclude by looking at the role of the teacher and the importance that the environment plays, both indoor and outdoor, in facilitating creative investigation and exploration. The pedagogical approach of Reggio Emilia will be the foundation underlying all the sessions.

Pete Moorhouse is an Artist Educator and Early Years Consultant. As an artist he is a professional sculptor undertaking prestigious commissions and public art projects throughout the UK and overseas. Pete has also worked in educational settings for over 20 years and is passionate about encouraging children’s creativity and critical thinking. He currently works two days a week directly with children in Early Years schools. His practice is influenced by the approach of the pre-schools of Reggio Emilia.

Pete’s role as Artist Educator is focussed on encouraging the children’s creativity and supporting staff. His practice encourages children to construct their own learning following their own interests. He introduces different media with which children can express themselves, including photography, various “intelligent” materials and woodwork.

Pete is the UK specialist in creative woodwork in the Early Years and is the author of two books about woodwork in early years education and has had several journal articles published.

He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol and is currently researching creativity and critical thinking. Pete regularly delivers training and conference presentations. He is a trainer for Bristol Teaching Schools Consortium and Early Education in London.

Language : English

Audience : Early Years professionals (2-6 Years)

Day 1

8:30 – 9:00 Participants arrival

9:00 – 11:00 Session 1 : Creativity

We will gain a thorough understanding of what creativity means. Learn why creativity is so important in education and in life in general. We will look at the many factors that contribute to encouraging and nurturing young children’s creativity.

11:00 – 11:30 Break

11:30 – 1:00 Session 2 : Learning from Reggio Emilia Approach

The Reggio Emilia approach is a world renowned educational philosophy originating from the preschools of Reggio Emilia in Northern Italy. Central to their philosophy is the importance of creativity and developing the child as an independent thinker. We will gain an in depth understanding of the Reggio Emilia approach and look at the main aspects of their philosophy. We will discover how we can take inspiration form Reggio Emilia into our own professional practice and Pete will share first-hand experience of visiting Reggio schools

1:00 – 2:00 Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 Session 3 :  The Language and Dialogue of Photography

Learn how photography can be another tool for children’s creative expression and just how versatile it is. We will discover the potential for photography to stimulate communication – children’s voice. We will learn how photography can support all areas of learning by children documenting their own work

We will look at the use of photography as a way of consulting with children and understand how photography can be used as a tool for self-evaluation.

There will be information about the practicalities, best cameras for children, reviewing images, storage, software and how to successfully introduce photography to young children.

Day 2

9:00 – 11: 00 Session 4 : The Wonder of Woodwork

In this session we will learn all about the learning and development associated with woodwork and discover what a powerful medium it is for children’s creative thinking and problem solving.  We will gain an insight into the historical context and current thinking. I will explain about health and safety issues and risk assessments and how to introduce tools safely and set up a woodworking area.

11:00 – 11:30 Break

11:30 – 1:00 Session 5 : Children’s Powerful Thinking and the Role of the Adult

We will investigate the role of the teacher in extending creative and critical thinking. We will look at sustained shared thinking and possibility thinking. We will also focus on the importance of documentation and reflective learning practice. We will also look at ways in which we can work together with parents to support children’s creative thinking.

1:00 – 2:00 Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 Session 6 : The Enabling Environment the Third Teacher

The impact that the environment can have on learning and development is profound. We will look at the aspects of the environment that play a part in encouraging creativity and wellbeing. In the Reggio Emilia approach they refer to the environment as the Third Teacher – showing the importance they place on creating the right environment for learning and growth. We will look at an environment audit – a resource that could be used to reflect on your current learning environment and plan for possible improvements. We will consider aesthetics, access to intelligent materials, opportunities for inquiry based learning, environmental factors, wellbeing and sustainability.

Certificates of Attendance will be issued to participants who have taken part in all sessions. Please make sure your personal information is correct in the registration form.

Additional information

31 January – 1 February, 2020


UAE, Dubai,


Holiday Inn Barsha, www.hialbarshadubai.com (special room rate for event)


595 USD if registration before December 1st, 2019.
650 USD if registration after December 1st, 2019.

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions


Fees include all materials necessary for the workshops, lunches and coffee breaks during workshop days. Workshop fees do not cover transportation or accommodation.


Participants are responsible for any visas.


Payment will be made via bank transfer.
Bank detailed information will be given via confirmation email.
Please indicate participant name and workshop in the transfer reference.
Please also note that all charges are the responsibility of the remitter.
Full payment is due within 4 working days after confirmation of registration.
Spaces are limited. If payment has not been received within the deadline, spaces will be released to other interested persons.


  • If you are unable to attend this event, you may send a substitute delegate in your place at no additional cost. Please advise us of any substitutions as soon as possible. The participation fee will not be reimbursed upon cancellation if done then less than one month of the workshop date.

  • 4 GENERATIONS 4 EDUCATION will not be responsible for any loss or damage arising from any changes to or cancellation or rescheduling of the workshop. If the workshop is cancelled or rescheduled, 4 GENERATIONS 4 EDUCATION will make every effort to contact every registered delegate. In case of cancellation or reschedule of a workshop, 4 GENERATIONS 4 EDUCATION will reimburse the participation fee, keeping 10% as service charge.

  • 4 GENERATIONS 4 EDUCATION reserves the right to cancel the programme due to unforeseen circumstances.


  • All workshops will only be confirmed if there is sufficient number of participants.

  • You are advised to make your travel plans on confirmation of the workshop from us

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