Pete Moorhouse is an Artist Educator and Early Years Consultant. He is an associate trainer for Early Education and is an Honorary Research fellow at The Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol researching creative and critical thinking in early years. He is the author of several journal articles and books and a Member of ICEnet – the International Creative Education Network.

Enabling Environments: The third teacher

The impact that the environment can have on learning, development and creativity is profound. This workshop will look at the aspects of the environment that play a part in encouraging creativity and wellbeing. It looks at the affect of other pedagogies which have influenced current practice focusing on Reggio Emilia. In the Reggio Emilia approach they refer to the environment as the Third Teacher - showing the importance they place on creating the right environment for learning and growth and for children to construct their own learning.

 Practitioners will look at an in-depth environment audit - a resource that could be used to evaluate the settings current learning environment and aid planning for possible improvements. Pete will also support practitioners to  consider the many elements that contribute to creating an outstanding environment from aesthetics, access to intelligent materials, opportunities for inquiry based learning to environmental factors and sustainability, discovering how the environment impacts on wellbeing and learning dispositions. The session will also encourage an approach whereby the outdoor environment is seen as equally important to the indoor environment in providing rich learning opportunities.

 This half day workshop will support practitioners to:

  • Develop an understanding of the importance of the environment for learning, development and well being
  • Learn about the Reggio Emilia approach to the environment referred to as the Third Teacher
  • Learn how the environment can support creativity and imagination
  • Understand how environments can facilitate and encourage communication and open ended enquiry based learning
  • Look at ways that physical development can be enhanced
  • See examples and case studies of inspiring indoor and outdoor environments
  • Complete an in-depth environment audit and consulting with children – examples of children’s feedback and contributions to design ideas

Length of course: One  half day workshop

Cost: £55 - *Special OFFER  book on this workshop and Introduction to Woodwork in the EYFS for £150 and book a place on Encouraging Creativity – creative and critical thinking FREE!

 *To qualify for the offer please book on each individual course  at the same time, please note lunch is not included in this offer

Please Note: We apologise for any inconvenience but the date for Introduction to Woodwork in the EYFS part one and Enabling Environments workshop has been changed due to the talented Pete Moorhouse being shortlisted to receive an award for the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. This would be the most amazing opportunity for Pete as if he is selected they will provide funding for him to visit EY settings to research best practice in woodwork around the world with the aim to share this information with EY teachers/practitioners in the UK.

Unfortunately the date for Pete’s interview falls on the same day as the first part of  Introduction to Woodwork in the EYFS and the Enabling Environments workshop. I am sure practitioners will understand that as Pete cannot change the date of the interview so we have changed the date of the workshops to 23rd January instead of 31st, the date of part 2 and  Encouraging Creativity Workshop will remain on 1st March. We apologise for any inconvenience. Again we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.







23rd Jan 2017

1:00pm-     4:00pm