Lewisham Early Years Arts Symposium

Information, slide show and video following the event in December 2013

The Rainbow Collective Early Years Arts Symposium:

December 4th 2013 at The Greenman

The event consisted of creative activities; networking; a keynote on creativity and early years, with a linked activity; and finally groups were asked to develop ideas for creative projects using certain restrictions (programme is below).

This specialist event for Lewisham attracted over 30 people including teachers, early years practitioners, early years managers, arts practitioners and facilitators, librarians and cultural organisations.

We had Lara Barbier film the day and interview people. Watch the SHORT FILM here.

We had artist Caroline Underwood take visual notes. Please see the slide show attached.

 Some of the feedback we received:

 ‘Good to share different ideas’


‘Linda was a very inspiring practitioner and the chance to play and create is always fun’

What will you take away with you?

‘Creativity must be at the heart of my work’

 ‘How import[ant] it is for children to be allowed time to be artistic and creative through play!’

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Register & refreshments


Welcome, context and setting the day


Come Together: making game  


Keynote and Creative Activity

Throughout her working life Linda Pound has been committed to improving the quality of provision for young children and their families. She has worked in three universities and was an LEA inspector in a London borough, where she was responsible for the early years for almost ten years. In addition she has been head of a nursery school and deputy head of a primary school.

In her current role as an education consultant, she provides training for early years practitioners around the country and beyond. Linda writes extensively for a range of audiences, including parents and practitioners. The topics covered in her writing include mathematics, the theoretical and historical roots of early childhood education, leadership and creativity.


Tea and coffee break


Create a Project   


Conclusion/ next steps



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Thank you to Linda Pound for her keynote and creative activity; Caroline Underwood for visual note taking; Lara Barbier for the film; Sally Anne Donaldson for running the Come Together making game; Sam Everson and Jo Cooper for helping on the day and John McMahon for note taking.