This essential guide provides clear and comprehensive support for those looking to introduce creative woodwork into early years settings. With theory, practical advice, stunning colour images and case studies, the book will inspire practitioners to embrace woodwork and encourage children's independent creative learning.
Focusing on the numerous benefits that working with wood offers young children, from boosting their self-esteem and problem-solving skills, to enhancing their communication and social development, the author draws on over 25 years of experience to discuss each and every aspect of establishing woodwork in the early years curriculum. Including practical information on materials and tools, staff training, and health and safety advice, this go-to guide provides a treasure trove of ideas to engage children at various stages of development, drawing the maximum benefit from working with wood and tools.
Both inspiring and informative, Learning Through Woodwork will become an essential tool for early years practitioners and teachers wishing to explore and develop woodwork provision.
Pete Moorhouse is a professional sculptor and artist educator, with over 25 years' experience of working in schools and early years settings. He is currently resident artist educator at St Werburgh's Park Nursery School, Bristol, UK.
Author's Note Disclaimer Foreword - Tina Bruce CBE Preface - Rachel Edwards Author's Biography Chapter 1 - Introduction: Why woodwork? Chapter 2 - Historical and pedagogical context Chapter 3 - Learning and Development Chapter 4- Equal opportunities Chapter 5 - Adult support Chapter 6 - Getting started Chapter 7- Extended learning projects Chapter 8 - Health and Safety Chapter 9 - Final words... Reference notes Bibliography List of case studies Resources & suppliers