Amberley O.S.H.C.

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3.9 Creativity and Expressive Arts

Amberley OSHC recognises that by providing access to creative and expressive arts opportunities for children it encourages them to have fun, enjoyment, mastery and success.  Children are encouraged to work collaboratively with educators and other children, to initiate and contribute to experiences from their own ideas.

Relevant Laws and other Provisions

The laws and other provisions affecting this policy include:

  • Education and Care Services National Law Act, 2010 and Regulations 2011
  • ‘My Time, Our Place’ Framework for School Age Care
  • NQS Area: 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.4, 1.1.5, 1.1.6; 1.2.1, 1.2.2; 2.3.1, 2.3.2; 3; 4.1; 4.2.1; 6.3.3; 7.1.2, 7.2.1, 7.3.5.
  • Policies: 3.1 – Educational Program Planning, 3.3 – Educators Practice, 6.2 – Provision of Resources and Equipment.

 Procedures

When planning creative and expressive arts experiences, individual children’s needs, interests, ages and capabilities will be taken into consideration.

Educators will encourage children to actively participate in a variety of creative and expressive experiences including art and craft, singing, dancing and imaginative play.

Educators will encourage and provide appropriate support to children to participate in new or unfamiliar creative and expressive arts experiences.

Educators will ensure the program provides a balance of planned experiences as well as those which are spontaneous and child initiated.

Educators will encourage children’s efforts to extend and express themselves creatively by providing open ended resources and materials, musical instruments, dress-ups, cd’s and/or a stereo.

When setting up creative and expressive arts experiences, educators will set the area up in such a way as to:

  • Promote safety for children of different age groups and capabilities;
  • Stimulate children’s interest and curiosity by being creative in their use of equipment and materials;
  • Offer a range of challenges and experiences, inviting children to explore, discover and experiment;
  • Facilitate the inclusion of children with special/additional needs;
  • Support children to create their own experiences.

Educators will encourage children to help plan, set up and document creative and expressive activities and experiences.

Educators will allow sufficient time and space for children to engage in sustained or extended activities based on the interest and capabilities of the children.

Reviewed 9 February 2015


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