MaxLabs is designed to deepen your knowledge and understanding of the importance of creativity and creative learning for young children, and your competence in promoting this in early year settings. MaxLabs also encourages you to support change and improvement of practice in promoting young children’s creativity and creative learning.
By the end of this course you will:
In order to learn, people need to be open to receiving ideas, processes, sensations and feelings. They need to be allowed to respond to human experiences in ways that are not inhibited through being told that this or that response is wrong or insufficient. They need to know that their responses to experiences can come through thought, talk, action, activity (solo or collective); they need to have time and space to reflect on their responses – at least some of the time in cooperation with others. In these situations, people will be creative in thought and action.
MaxLabs framework highlights the importance of creativity and creative learning in the early years of education. One of the four principles that underpin the MaxLabs framework relates to learning and development. It emphasises the importance of creativity and critical thinking in all aspects of children’s experience, and pronounces creative development as an area of learning in its own right.
The psychologists suggests that creativity belongs to the feeling of ‘being alive’. In order to be creative, children need to feel emotionally safe enough to make new connections, new directions and new insights. Children may be natural explorers, but they need to be in the right environment to be creative. Daring to do something different, or in a new way, is at the heart of creativity. This means that children need positive experiences of having personal space to be alone with themselves, while at the same time feeling connected to other people, especially those who are important to them emotionally.
The differences between creative learning and creativity It is often thought that creativity is about the arts. This is true, but it is also possible to be creative in scientific ways, and in ways that are important for the humanities (human relationships and communities). When we talk about creative scientific ideas, we tend to describe these as problem-solving, developing a theory or having a hypothesis (that is, testing an idea to see if it works and if it is true).However, this is actually creative learning.