CREANET

With the third CREANET conference the network has concluded the work programme co-financed by the European Union on September 30th, 2013.
The network has produced a variety of products and publications addressing the different target groups
which are now available for dowload.

The website will continue to be updated with information about the Comenius projects
and initiatives taken by the partners at local level.

The objectives of the network are:
A. To create a European forum for discussion for those interested in creativity in the pre-school context;
B. To identify, compare and exchange practices, methodologies and approaches favouring the
development of creativity among children and teachers;
C. To increase the quality of the educational offer by promoting the competences/skills of the pre-school
teaching staff on the issue of creativity;
D. To use creativity as a means to favour educational and social inclusion of children and families belonging to minority and/or disadvantaged groups;
E. To strengthen the European dimension referred to the Lifelong Learning Programme and to fostering creativity from the earliest stages of development.

The network will provide an opportunity for spreading information about research and best practices as identified in the different countries.

We expect spill over effects and the development of new actions at national level: across the educational system (networking and sharing of information will produce change in primary and secondary school contexts) and cross-sector issues (e.g. social inclusion and integration are more and more connected to creativity)

The network will have an impact also in terms of providing pre-school teachers with materials (results of the research), information and more in general opportunity for reflection leading to new in-service training projects focusing on creativity.
Read more about the target groups of the project.

In order to develop a long-lasting cooperation a network has to provide opportunities for its partners to meet. Networking in fact is about interacting and exchanging knowledge and ideas.
In order to create an effective project of networking the partnership has planned three major conferences (in 2011, 2012, and 2013), four meetings of each working group (Expressive languages and Contexts) and three research meeting among the partners involved in research. Furthermore in each of the ten counties involved the partners will organise an annual dissemination seminar.

The first event of the network was the CREANET Conference 2011 which took place in Beja (Portugal). Read more here about it.

One of the main objectives of Creanet is to generate an understanding of the profound significance of creativity in children´s lives. Each of the research participants involved will look through the national literature on young children and creativity – and also review the main literature published in English. The results will be published at the end of a project in a publication.
Besides, in order to identify the teachers’ point of view on creativity through a questionnaire and a focus group have been set up to understand what are the elements and activities that help or hinder creativity in children

The two CREANET working groups involving teachers and other practicioners woing in the field of pre-school education are in the propcess of identifying in the framework of the two macro-themes Expressive Languages and Contexts a number of focus areas that will be at the center of the exchange of experiences based on the daily practice.
Here you will find a selection of best practices fostering creativity among children emerged in the context of the groups.

Creativity and Expressive Languages

At the end of the project, a final publication has been released with 20 examples of how pedagogues in different countries work with creativity. It describes conditions offered, the methods used and the approach taken to give children the chance to express themselves, not only discovering but also creating their world. It is meant as a source of inspiration for pedagogues: The idea is not to take it as a “cook book” with all ingredients and the perfect recipe, but to learn from the colleagues’ experiences, using their starting ideas, tools and material or their understanding of the role of the adult as a partner of the child. All articles have been written by the pedagogues themselves. Dowload the publication here

Creativity, and the interconnected idea of playing, is a key issue for children’s development into better adults.
The most recent policy documents, published at EU level and in several member states, emphasize the great importance of education, starting from the early years of a human being in a life-long learning perspective. Below you will find information about the recent developments in Europe in the field.