Have you noticed or maybe you’ve wondered but not got round to asking why your child may not always bring art work home from nursery?
It’s sometimes assumed, that young children will always produce lovely crafts to bring home when they’ve been at nursery.
There’s nothing wrong with crafts – they can help improve fine motor skills, as well as listening skills, and many children really do enjoy them but crafts focus more on a specific end result, leaving children little or no room to deviate from the plan… please don’t think your child does not have a chance to participate in art and craft activities in setting just because they don’t bring a picture home because they do, in fact they can choose to play in the creation station all day if they so wish
At Kirkgate Childcare we look at the process and experience of creating rather than the product, your child will learn through play and open-ended activities, so process art fits in with how your child will learn because it allows them the chance to explore the world around them, ask questions, see how things work, make their own decisions, it allows them room to be themselves but most importantly leaves them free to just create.
If it has a nice end product, that’s great and we will always send your child’s pictures home or use them in your child’s journal but the end product isn’t the principal focus of process art.
At Kirkgate Childcare we realise that young children love to create art, but they more often than not focus more on the process of creating and are not as interested in the finished product.
Your child may not want to keep their artwork once finished or in some cases may not even be able to identify which piece they created. This doesn’t mean the activity was a failure; it simply means that the child focused more on the process of creating but wasn’t interested in a final product.
The focus in art activities should generally be on how the child is creating, the feeling of the movements they are making with their arm, what the paint looks like on the paper, different textures and how the colours combine.
The problem with product-focused activities is that they limit and dull children’s creativity, they don’t learn in the same way as they would with process art as everything has already been done for them.
At Kirkgate Childcare we also don’t use templates or models for the children to replicate this is because when children are expected to copy a model, especially if it’s made by an adult, they may become frustrated because their product does not look like “how it is supposed to” and may decide that they are “not good at art.” Why give them a template when we have so many talented little artists… We love to watch them flourish as they engage in the process, mix colours, explore using all of their senses and describe what they are creating!! We value each and every one of our little artists their imagination and creativity is wonderful ❤
You will notice in setting, on our display boards and within our activities, there are no models of what the children’s artwork should look like or cut outs for the children to add paint or collage materials to, you will see its simply their work, their ideas and interpretations of what things look like
Let’s allow your child to be free to create however they so wish… think outside the box!!! #getridofthecutouts
By allowing children to simply create they are able to
⭐Explore using media and materials
⭐Realise that tools are used for a purpose
⭐Learn about colours/colour mixing/cause and effect
⭐Maintain focus in their activity for a period of time
⭐Think of ideas
⭐Find new ways to do things
⭐Make predictions and test ideas
⭐Review how well the approach worked
⭐Use their senses to explore the world around them
My son has been going to Kirkgate nursery since it opened and he will be leaving in July. We are so sad to be leaving as it is such a wonderful place! It has a truly child-centred ethos where every child really is valued, nurtured and treated as a unique individual. I am so grateful…Hannah
My son has attended Kirkgate childcare since it opened and I can honestly say that he has loved it. Dawn and the team have gone over and above to make sure my sons time there has been happy and safe and we can’t thank them enough for everything they have done for him. I would…Laura
Kirkgate Childcare is an outstanding, tailor made magical place. Our daughter has attended here from the age of two and has excelled in her self confidence & learning. The bonds she has with the team here is second to none, we as parents have an enormous amount of confidence in the staff & would recommend…Zoe
Our daughter has been coming to Kirkgate for a few months now and she absolutely loves it. The staff are fantastic and we have really seen an improvement in her skills, behaviour and confidence since coming here. We would highly recommend this nursery to anyone, 5 Stars from usClaire
my daughter has been at kirkgate childcare now for 2 months and im very happy with how she has settled in. She enjoys her time here and the staff are lovely. im very pleased with our choice of nursery and look forward to seeing my daughter continue enjoying her nursery days and my son to…Lucy