Last Updated: Thursday, January 07, 2021

Development of creativity through play at Ballogie Nursery

What is this?

This practice exemplar shows how exploration and curiosity is harnessed at Ballogie Nursery, and how children are leaders of their learning.

Who is this for?

This exemplar will be useful to all practitioners involved in early learning and childcare.

How to use this exemplar to improve practice

This video, along with reflective questions, invites you to consider the impact of your own approach on the delivery of religious and cultural experiences to children. You are invited to watch the video and consider, individually or as a team, the following improvement questions:

  • How confident are you in identifying children’s creativity skills?
  • In your setting, are there opportunities for children to demonstrate their problem-solving skills?
  • To what extent are creative experiences in your setting confined to the expressive arts? Is there scope to widen your own definition of creativity?​

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What was done?

When a new topic is being developed at the nursery, staff explore the thoughts and ideas of the children and incorporate these into planning for delivery. Planning relies heavily on staff observation of the ways that children react to different learning situations and how these learning situations can be adapted for maximum impact.

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What brought about this change?

Staff at Ballogie Nursery believe in the importance of fostering creativity across all aspects of learning. They think about how to stimulate children's interest, and engage with children to understand where there is potential to extend learning. Staff use children's imaginative play to stimulate ideas; they value children’s thoughts and ideas and use these as the basis for future learning.

What was the impact?

Children have a positive attitude to learning. They persevere at tasks that at first they may find challenging.

Children are inquisitive and curious about the world around them.

Staff are more confident to be led by children’s interests and questions.

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