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
Staff create a welcoming and nurturing environment where children flourishTaken from Ofsted report
Lovely nursery with friendly attentive staff. My daughter, with additional medical needs, made firm bonds with staff and was given the highest level of care. would definitely recommend.Kirsty F
An absolutely outstanding nursery. My daughter has been going since she turned two, and she has learnt so much from communication, numbers to making friends and lovely manners! The staff are very kind to the children and teach them to be kind to others. It’s not like any other nursery, they go out on trips…Collette
Both my children have attended kirkgate childcare and I couldn't be happier with our experience. They did a wonderful job preparing my daughter to go off to school, encouraging her to speak out when she's not happy. I was very anxious with my son starting due to him having a life threatening condition, however the…Lucy
We cannot recommend Kirkgate Childcare enough, from the staff’s efforts to help settle our daughter when she first started, to the diversity of all the activities and outings offered, and the lovely and kind staff who cannot do enough to ensure the children are happy and learning. Dawn and her team are amazing!Charlotte