Starcatchers, artist Skye Reynolds and Scots Corner Early Learning and Childcare Centre (ELC) are working together for the next year on Wee People, Big Feelings, a project exploring the relationship between creativity and emotional literacy in very young children.

Babies and young children can be affected by changes in their world just as much as adults, but they don’t always have the words to express how they feel. That’s how the name of the project came about.

The Setting

Scots Corner Early Learning and Childcare Centre opened its doors for the first time to children and families in February 2020. The new Midlothian Council setting is open all year, Monday to Friday 07.30 – 18.00, offering funded early learning and childcare places and wrap around provision for children age 2-5 years. The centre was opened in partnership with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide early learning and childcare for both military families and the wider community.  Scots Corner ELC has received funding from MOD to work in partnership with Starcatchers and Skye over the next year on Wee People, Big Feelings.

The Project

The MOD is funding this project, because we recognise wee ones can have some big feelings around deployment. While this is a project focused on the experiences of armed forces families, we recognise that all young children go through many different emotional cycles throughout their early years and therefore this will benefit many children and families.

Skye will be working in Scots Corner ELC with children and staff throughout this project, using creative movement, and being creative in general, to examine how the expressive arts can help with our feelings.

Meet Skye

Skye is a movement and dance artist. As well as being an amazing dancer in her own right, she loves working with wee ones, and she’s interested in using her experience and enthusiasm to help make early learning and childcare more creative for children AND their staff. She’s also interested in how moving their bodies can help very young children understand and work through their feelings, and how creative experiences can help wee ones feel listened to, empowered and loved.

The Gingerbread Man

This Christmas, as part of Wee People, Big Feelings, Scots Corner Early Learning and Childcare Centre are exploring the story of The Gingerbread Man, focussing on creativity and emotional literacy

Christmas can be a stressful time of year in lots of ways, and some of the more traditional festive activities, like nativity performances, step-by-step craft activities and rote learning songs, can add to the stress. These kinds of activities aren’t always age and stage appropriate and can be difficult to deliver in a child-centred way, so the idea of a build up to Christmas that centres feelings and wellbeing feels like a welcome change. 

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