Early Years

Take Art Early Years provides opportunities for under fives and their families to enjoy arts experiences of the highest quality.

Early Years works collaboratively with colleagues locally, regionally and internationally to explore and enhance young children’s creativity and wellbeing. We offer training and mentoring opportunities for artists and early years practitioners alike and have initiated ground-breaking research of national significance. Using the arts we want to develop the potential of all small children in Somerset to be strong and purposeful, and to encourage parents to be competent partners in their children’s play.

As part of InspirED Take Art provides training and networking opportunities for Early Years practitioners and teachers and the highest quality creative experiences for the under fives and their families across all art forms. Focusing on creativity for the under fives, our InspirED offer is open to participating schools as well preschool settings across the county. We are collaborating with the new Early Years Teaching Centres and Early Years cluster groups on this.
Click here to find out more about InspirED.

Gina Westbrook is Director of Take Art's Early Years service.

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Hopper - Call out for Artists

24 Feb 2017

Take Art, Surrey Arts and China Plate are looking for submissions from theatre makers to take part in an exciting two-year pilot project that will create opportunities for young children to experience high quality performances in Early Years (EY) settings in Somerset and Surrey.

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New Hopper Project Set to Reshape Early Years Theatre

17 Jan 2017

Somerset Arts organisation Take Art, in partnership with Surrey Arts and China Plate, has received £92k from the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring Fund and £24k from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for the Early Years regional Theatre project Hopper, focusing on Somerset and Surrey in 2017/18.

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Getting down to Elementals

06 Sep 2016

On Monday 5 September the Take Art Early Years team met up with artists, advisors and researchers from the Early Years Elements project for a skills sharing day, including Dr Karen Wickett from Plymouth University, who will be carrying out research on the project.

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Music To Our Early Ears

09 May 2016

Jane Parker, our new Early Years Manager, will be picking up the conductor baton this May and leading the conversation on the importance of music for the under fives.

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Alfred the Mouse Goes to School

27 Jan 2016

An innovative new project supporting early years with their big move up to primary school.

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