Our Story

Starcatchers is Scotland’s Arts and Early Years organisation. We believe that our youngest children, those aged birth-to-five, should be able to fulfil their right to access arts and creative experiences that give inspiration, joy and wonder to early childhood in Scotland. Our mission is to inspire babies, toddlers and young children by including them in high quality live performances and creative experiences that fulfil their right to access a rich arts and cultural life in Scotland regardless of where they live or their background.


Starcatchers was originally established as a pilot project in Muirhouse, North Edinburgh in 2006. Evolving over the last 15 years, Starcatchers has pioneered approaches to engaging creatively with our youngest children and their parents and carers. Through our programmes of work we connect with babies, toddlers and young children locally, nationally and internationally. Our work is carefully developed with the child at its heart and we have developed robust research and evaluation to underpin the work we do.