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Caitlin Moran
The Times, 18 August 2011

Practice

Professional Development and Networks for Those Working with Younger Children (0-5)

For those that work specifically with younger children (0-5), these links may be useful:

Earlyarts is a professional development network for those working creatively with young children and families. The network provides a range of resources on aspirational practice to support the training needs of the arts, cultural, early years and family learning sectors. Its primary focus is to develop skills, ideas, connections and passion for building creative learning environments with children and families.

Small Size, the European Network for the diffusion of performing arts aimed at early childhood (0-6), provides a structure through which to meet, share expertise and exchange knowledge; to develop collaborative projects; and to disseminate information and research. Through its networking, Small Size aims to promote an awareness of the significance of performing arts for early childhood.

ReFocus is the UK network of early childhood educators, artists and others influenced in their practice by the pre-schools of Reggio Emilia. Hosted by SightLines Initiative, it is a nationwide learning community, connecting creative reflective practice and projects and influencing policy development in the UK. Members receive benefits such as news and information, a web-based forum, access to a member's database and information on current practice.

The European Network of Music Educators and Researchers of Young Children (MERYC) brings together a wide range of professionals involved in music education practice and research to share ideas and information. Members receive newsletters and opportunities for professional learning at member conferences.
Early Years and Family Learning session at Seaham Surestart, The Sage Gateshead. Photo: Cdan Brady
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