Tag archives: under 5s

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Working with babies and under 5s in museums, galleries, libraries and archives – useful guidelines and case studies

GruffaloI 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.DSC00355I thought it might be helpful to share some of the publications, guidelines and case studies I have found useful and informative.

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.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Working with babies and children under 5 in museums, libraries and archives

I’m off to Wales shortly to give courses for museum, library and archive staff on working with babies and under 5s and on rhyme times. Putting the courses together has made me think a lot about early childhood development and ways to make support for learning and language effective. These are some of the websites, case studies and publications I’ve found particularly valuable.

Babies in Museums: Top Tips
Bookstart Theoretical Framework
Born Creative
Close Encounters with Culture: Museums and Galleries as part of the Early Years Foundation Stage
Delivering the Best Start: A Guide to Early Years Libraries (I’m contributing to the new edition of this, due out next year.)
Designing Museum Activity Backpacks for Families
Developing and Supporting Family Learning in Museums and Galleries
Early Reading Connects Family Involvement Toolkit
From Birth to Five Years: Children’s Developmental Progress
Introducing Early Years Children to Archives
It’s Magic in the Museum
Kids in Museums
Lambeth Libraries Toy Library
Little People’s History Museum
National Literacy Trust Early Years
Providing for Under 5s and Families in Museums
Rhyme Time Series for Dads
Story Sack Library
Talk to your baby
The Foundation Phase in Practice: A Toolkit for Museums, Libraries and Archives in Wales
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
Words for Life
Wriggle and Rhyme at Treehouse Children’s Centre

I have loads of photos of good practice to show on the courses. I love this one of a wonderful Rhymathon at the National Maritime Museum organised by Greenwich Library Service a few years back.