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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Arts for All – and a Gold Star for Gina

25 Oct 2017

Congratulations to Take Art’s Director of Early Years, Gina Westbrook, who has been awarded the Life Time Achievement prize at South Somerset District Council's Gold Star Awards.

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Theatre for the under 5s gets a hop in the right direction

16 Jun 2017

A pioneering project designed to bring theatre to young children in rural areas today announces the six companies selected to make up its inaugural touring programme. The Hopper scheme, which is being trialled in Somerset and Surrey, is aimed at bringing theatre to areas of low arts engagement.

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Job Opportunity: Early Years Music Practitioner

19 May 2017

Take Art, is looking for an Early Years Music Practitioner to work with us on a ten week project in Taunton, as part of Soundwaves Extra, an Early Years Music Network, funded by Youth Music.

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Take Art has key role in new Early Years Qualification

28 Apr 2017

Take Art is very excited to announce that our very own Jane Parker (experienced Early Years Music Practitioner and the Project Manager of Soundwaves Extra) has been appointed the South West mentor for a pioneering new qualification for music practitioners working in the Early Years.

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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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