Early Years

There is a wealth of evidence that demonstrates the positive impact creativity has on babies and young children. The arts help develop a child's imagination, creativity and their ability to use media and materials. Children do this in a range of ways including singing songs and making music, dancing, playing with colours, textures and design.

Tower Hamlets Early Years Arts Network

The Tower Hamlets Early Years Arts Network provides a forum for EYFS practitioners to come together termly to share best practice, learn from one another and meet other EYFS practitioners working in Tower Hamlets. We also invite external arts organisations from time to time to lead training and CPD around a particular artform.

The network explores all artforms including music, dance, drama and visual art.

This network is for anyone working in an Early Years setting, including schools, nurseries, children’s centres, family centres, childminders etc, whether you are experienced in using the arts in your setting, or are completely new to it.

If you would like to join the network, please email us to be added to our mailing list.

Network events

Network events take place termly.

Please email us to join our mailing list to receive further details.

Early Years Resources

Our Early Years Lead Selina Andrews has collated the following resources which you might find useful in your setting.

Early Arts

Specialist in early years arts curriculum teaching, leadership, creativity and early years pedagogies. They offer training and resources in dance and movement, music, singing, storytelling, creative toolkits and much more. 

Early Years Educator (eye)

Resources in expressive arts and design, including texture and design, playing with colour, singing and music making.

London Rhymes

Original songs that have been co-written with parents for children and families. Resources can be downloaded from the website.

Sound Connections

Supporting organisations and individuals to develop the skills in providing high quality music making with children through the delivery of projects, training and networking.

Creative Futures

Early years programmes focused on music making, movement and storytelling.

Music House for Children

Early Years training and resources.

Half Moon Theatre

Bespoke programmes for EYSF practitioners in creative play, dance and drama.

Fresh Water Theatre

Interactive drama workshops and group activities for school and settings.

Lipa Theater iPad App

This is a free iPad app enables young children to record and design their own animated stories.

Early Years resources for children with SEND

National Centre for Early Music

A selection of Sing & Sign videos.

BBC Bring the Noise - SEND teaching techniques

A series of short films demonstrating different techniques for teaching music activities to SEND pupils. Suitable for EYFS -KS1.

BBC Bring the Noise - Sing & Sign

Fun, engaging Sing & Sign songs using BSL, exploring a range of musical genres.

BBC Bring the Noise – Disabled Learners

Resources for disabled learners or those who need additional support in learning musical instruments, body percussion and technology.

ABC Creative Music

ABC Creative music offers easy to teach musical activities specifically adapted for SEND children.

Tri-Borough Music

Vocal resources pack for children with SEND including songs on different topics and themes plus sing-along music videos.