Early years CPD training


Irresistible Learning


Welcome to Irresistible Learning – the home for Pete’s training, resources, research and writing –  all about making learning irresistible by capturing children’s curiosity.

Pete Moorhouse is passionate about encouraging creative thinking in Early Years Education. He has over 25 years experience working with schools and works regularly in Early Years settings as an artist educator.

Pete provides a rich variety of creative CPD training sessions and delivers inspiring conference keynote presentations. He works with many Local Authorities and schools around the country providing early years training and also works internationally. The trainings are designed to inform staff of latest developments in the field and keep abreast of new issues. The sessions focus on enriching, inspiring and motivating staff and highlighting best practice. Pete is an associate trainer for Early Education and delivers training for many organisations such as National Teaching Schools and Early Excellence.

Pete is the leading authority on Woodwork in Early Years Education and has several journal articles and books published. Pete is an  Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bristol currently researching Creativity and Critical thinking in Early Years Education. He has presented research papers at BECERA, IAEC and OMEP. Pete is a Churchill Fellow currently researching international perspectives on ‘making’ and woodwork in early education. Pete is a member of ICEnet International Creative Education Network, the International Art in Early Childhood Education Association, OMEP (World organisation for Early Childhood Education) and the Froebel Network.

As an artist Pete is an acclaimed professional sculptor with an impressive portfolio of sculpture and public art commissions. His sculptures are in several international collections. His work can be seen at www.petemoorhouse.co.uk but increasingly Pete’s focus dedicated to early years!

Pete has considerable experience of early childhood practice an many countries, through his overseas research and also work delivering training all around the world, form Japan to Bhutan , New Zealand to the USA, Bahrain to Sweden and many countries in between.

Pete is dedicated to providing opportunities for all children to express their creativity and develop their creative and critical thinking skills, and firmly believes in narrowing the gap in attainment and improving outcomes for all children.


NEW: Introducing woodwork in early childhood education CPD online course. Comprising of series of 8 training videos and 15 handouts, this accredited course provides everything you need in order to safely introduce woodwork in your early childhood setting. Comprising of 8 training videos, a selection of handouts and in-depth guidance for a hands-on practical session.  More information




Birth to 5 Matters is out! Birth to 5 Matters is non-statutory guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage. It provides comprehensive guidance, drawing on previous guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which has been updated in order to reflect recent research, to meet the needs of practitioners, to respond to current issues in society, to meet the needs of children today and to lay a strong foundation for their futures. Pete worked on the new guidance in the Characteristics of Effective Learning Working Group….and great to have some woodwork on the front cover!              More info: https://www.birthto5matters.org.uk/


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. I aim to challenge racism and all prejudices and promote equality of opportunity.

I believe we must all take action to dismantle systemic racism and create a more inclusive and equitable culture that welcomes, values and empowers all people. I firmly believe in challenging gender stereotypes and provide equal opportunities to enable all children to flourish.   Education must be about providing the best start for all children.


Pete has two new booklets published by Community Playthings emphasising the value and  importance of playing and learning outdoors. This is a two book series. Book one: Learning outdoors – In this booklet Pete details the pedagogy behind outdoor learning and its importance for every setting. Book two – Outdoor environments – This booklet provides inspiration and tips for designing quality outdoor learning spaces for children in your setting. The books are available as pdf downloads or hard copies can be ordered from Community Playthings



Pete wins National Creative Learning Award! Pete has won the national award for best creative business for his work promoting creativity and woodwork in early childhood education – awarded by the Creative Learning Guild (2019)
“Pete Moorhouse is passionate about making a positive impact through all areas of his work to nurture creativity. Pete demonstrates a proactive approach to providing resources and opportunities for adults and children to develop their creative skills. With a focus on developing a greater understanding of the impact of creativity, Pete’s research work will continue to be a force for good on our society.” Judge Sarah Cressall, Founder & Managing Director of The Creation Station


The Big Bang Research Project

Evaluating the impact of woodwork provision on early childhood development
This is a global project. If you provide woodwork for young children please complete the research survey
To complete the survey click here


Pete is an affiliate member of the The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (HHCP) which was established in 2018 to extend the long-established work of the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and the Helen Hamlyn Trust in primary and early years education.

The aim of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogyis for researchers, educators and policy makers to work together to transform children’s lives through evidence and exemplary pedagogy.


Pete had been commissioned by Routledge to write a new book on creativity in early years education:

Creative Practice in the Early Years: How to recognise and nurture creative and critical thinking
Publication date: July 2020


Pete is an Global Ambassador at hundrED and will be at the HundrED Innovation Summit in Helsinki

The Big Bang Project – Educational Innovation page

HundrED – The purpose of education is to help every child flourish, no matter what happens in life. In a fast-changing world, education must adapt to keep up. The world is full of inspiring innovations, but they can struggle to spread beyond their immediate environments. That’s why HundrED discovers, researches and shares impactful and scalable K12 innovations with the world, for free.


Pete has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship to research early years ‘making’ and woodwork practice in NZ, USA and Nordic countries.

Read more….


Pete’s new book is published by Routledge
Learning Through Woodwork: Introducing Creative Woodwork in the Early Years

“Every so often a book is written that helps practitioners to develop their work in deep and far reaching ways. This is that sort of book.” Tina Bruce CBE

‘The Definitive EY Book for Woodwork. Destined to be a classic’ Juliet Robertson



Pete is currently studying to become a Froebel Travelling Tutor. A program devised to spread the pedagogy and principles of Froebel delivered by the Froebel Trust



Pete presents research about the learning and development associated with woodwork at the OMEP (Organisation Mondiale Pour L’Éducation Préscolaire)  world conference in Prague.

The aims and objectives of OMEP (World Organization for Early Childhood Education)  are to defend and promote the rights of the child with special emphasis on the right to education and care worldwide. To this end, OMEP shall help any undertaking which could promote access to quality early childhood education and care.




Pete presents his lastest research in to monitoring progression in children’s creative and critical thinking in Early Years education.



Pete was recently working in Nepal and Bhutan delivering training to Early Years teachers. Pete is currently fundraising to donate woodworking tools to Bhutan as they are keen to embrace woodwork in their new Early Years education. UNICEF has just complete building the first training facility for Early Years trainee teachers.



Clients include:

Early Excellence, London  –  The American School in London  –  Frankfurt International School, Germany  –  Liverpool City Council  –  4Generations4Education, Dubai, UAE  –  Bristol City Council  –   First Steps Himalaya, Nepal  –  Paro College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan  –  Garden International School, Kuala Lampur  –   Discovery Bay International School, Hong Kong  –  Early Education, London  –  Cornwall Learning  – Tama Art Museum University, Tokyo  –  North Somerset Council  –  International Froebel Society, Germany  –  Akasaki Nursery, Tottori, Japan  –  Central Bedfordshire Council  –  South Gloucestershire Council – University of Derby  –  Graduate School of Education, Bristol University  –  Southend on Sea Council  –  St John’s Catholic Primary School  –  Christ Church First School and Key Centre Nursery  –  Northfleet Nursery School, Kent  –  Hanham High School –  Bushy Leaze Children & Families Centre  –  Hungerford Nursery School  –  Wallscort Farm Academy – St Georges School, Dunstable  –  St Werburgh’s Nursery School and Children’s Centre  –  Curzon Crescent Nursery School and Children’s Centre, London  –  St Pauls Nursery School and Children’s Centre  – Filton Avenue Nursery School and Children’s Centre –  Chester Park Infant School – Acorns Day Nursery, Kent  –  Malvern Way Infant and Nursery School, Rickmansworth  –  Freshford Pre-School   – Ashley Down Infant School, Bristol  –  Gravesham Early Years Strategy Group  – Patchway Town Council  –  Oak House Nursery School, Ross on  Wye  –  The Grange School – Coniston Primary School  –  Ashley Down Primary School  –  Illminster Avenue Specialist Nursery School  –  King’s Houghton Middle School, Dunstable   – Icknield Lower School, Bedfordshire  –  Patchway Community Collage  –  Central Bedfordshire Learning Community – Pembury House Children’s Centre   – Next Steps, Leicester  –  Fife Council, Scotland  –  Childcare First, Glasgow  –  Bells Farm Primary School, Birmingham  –  St Mary Redcliffe Primary School, Bristol  –  Living Spring Montessori, London  –  Brent Early Years Conference, London  –  Patchway Community College, Bristol  –  Bradley Stoke Community College, Bristol  –  Gravesend Conference  –  Filton College, Bristol  –  Central Bedfordshire College, Dunstable  –  King Edward School, Bath  –  Giant Steps Nurseries, Durham  –  Gateway Alliance, Kent  –  Short Wood Primary School, Telford  –  Entrust, Staffordshire Council   – Early Excellence , Huddersfield  –  University of Bristol, Milton Keynes Council  –  Selly Oak Nursery, Birmingham  –  Walsall Early Years Conference  –  Havering Early Years Conference, London – St Matthias Primary School, Tower Hamlets  –  Staffordshire Early Years Professional Network – Pastures Way Nursery School, Luton – Rochdale Council – Bristol ECHO conference – Edinburgh Froebel Network – The Limes Nursery School and Children’s Centre, Bristol – Nottingham County Council – Peterborough Council – Cornwall Aspire Academy – Brighton and Hove Council – Wallsall Early Years Conference – Reading Council – Doncaster Council – St Mathias Primary, Tower Hamlets  –  EAS Wales  –  Bath College  –  George Tomlinson Primary School  – Brentry and Henbury Nursery School and Children’s Centre  –  The Havering Learning Federation  –  The Grove Family and Children’s Centre  –  EYELA Teaching Schools  –  Pickhurst Infant Academy  – OSTA Oxfordshire – North Bristol Children Centre’s Hub – Play2 Devon – Reading County Council  –  Education Achievement Service for South East Wales  –  Olympus Academy Trust, South Gloucestershire  –  Rainbows Early Years Trowbridge  –  Annan Froebel School  –  Sapphires Nursery School  –  Herne Hill School, London  – Barnet Library Services – Norfolk County Council – Red Bus Nursery, Bristol  –  Barnet Local Authority – Hamiliton Pre-school  –  AFC, Achieving for Children, London  –  Fennies Nursery Group  – London Early Years Foundation  –  St George Preschool, Bristol  –  Tootsies Day Nursery  – BANES, Bath and North East Somerset Council  –  Bayonne Nursery School, London  –  Isle of Wight LA –  St Johns Primary School, Wales  – Little Learners Nottingham  – Aberdeen Early Education Branch  – George Street Primary, Wales  – Rollerston Pre-school  –  Nottingham City Council  – Peterborough Early Years  – Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years  –  Experiential Play Glasgow  – Calderdale Early Years  – Ripley Nursery School  –  Bath Spa University – London Math HUB  –  Cornwall Early Years – EAS Wales – Jubilee Park, Newport – Edinburgh Froebel Network – Discovery Bay International School, Hong Kong – Moss Hall Nursery School, London – Moon River, Bristol – NCP Conference Northern Ireland – Myrthyr Tydfil Integrated Children’s Centre – St Patrick Nursery and Primary School, Northern Ireland – Strathclyde University – East Prescot Road Nursery School, Liverpool – King’s House Nursery School, Richmond – Early Education Cumbria – Weston College – Park Hill Prep School, London – Lobley Hill Primary School – Oxford Teaching Schools OTSA – Colerne Old School Playgroup – Children in Scotland, Edinburgh – Aberdeen City Council – STEEP teaching schools partnership, London – Bristol City Childminders – The Learning Federation, London – New Shoots Children’s Centre, Auckland, New Zealand

Privacy Policy

Irresistible Learning
Thinking outside the box