Participant feedback

During the day we collected participants’ feedback on the following questions:

What role should adults play in the learner’s experience?

  • Collaborators
  • Get involved! Don’t hide in the café or behind your phone.
  • Helping when needed
  • Work and play together
  • They should share in the experience and allow the learner to lead without being restrictive
  • They should set up invitations
  • Structured guidance, observing safely, encouraging play, freedom rule, breaking in to safe creative context.
  • Learning together
  • Share in the experience
  • They should play alongside
  • Accepting

Where do you look for inspiration? Who’s doing exciting early years work?

  • Science centres
  • Every day objects. Life!
  • Children
  • Parents
  • Games
  • Stories
  • Pester and Rossi
  • Inspired by child visitors to our gallery
  • Learn and do more
  • My children

Think about materials. What do you like/love/loathe? Any surprises?

  • Scale & size
  • Variety of shapes
  • Freedom
  • Neutral colours
  • Might encourage individual interaction rather than teamwork
  • Great noises but too loud in gallery spaces?
  • Risky/heavy handling materials
  • Structure
  • Recycled material
  • Love ‘real’ materials
  • Loathe ‘safe’ materials

How do you evaluate your early years activities?

  • Through observations and documenting these observations
  • Attendance
  • Return visitors
  • Collecting comments from children and parents
  • Observing discussions with participants

What can we (galleries, art educators) offer that nurseries can’t, and vice versa?

  • Smells and sounds
  • A chance for different children to shine – surprises
  • New thoughts
  • Galleries allow the whole family to learn and engage together
  • The buildings, environments, smells, green spaces
  • New experiences and environments
  • Stimulus from artworks – new ideas, new materials
  • A place where children can enter with their parents/carers and be on equal terms
  • Putting art/creativity first
  • Sharing different approaches
  • A big open space in the middle of the floor!
  • Artists to work with
  • Expert knowledge about different topics (arts, materials, methods)
  • Time, space, materials, facilities