I am so impressed by the Forestry Commission’s Gruffalo activities. I watched loads of little children totally enthralled as they followed the trail in Westonbirt Arboretum. Such a captivating and inspiring idea.
I’ve been giving lots of training on effective provision for babies and under 5s in museums, galleries, libraries and archives. It’s great to have the opportunity to explore good practice in depth, identifying ways to support very young children’s learning and development, and discussing how to engage them, and their parents, carers and families. I love this picture of a Dinky Dragons session at Cardiff Story, where I gave some courses recently.I thought it might be helpful to share some of the publications, guidelines and case studies I have found useful and informative.
- Babies in Museums: Top Tips
- Designing Museum Activity Backpacks for Families
- Developing and Supporting Family Learning in Museums and Galleries
- Introducing Early Years Children to Archives
- It’s Magic at the Museum
- Providing for Under 5s and Families in Museums
- Toddler Time at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
- Under 2s at the Museum of London and Museum of London Docklands
- Universally Speaking: The Ages and Stages of Children’s Communication Development from Birth to 5
Library Services from Birth to Five: Delivering the Best Start will be also very helpful I’m sure, though I’m very biased, having contributed a chapter.