Early years CPD training

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thinking outside the box


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 and IAEC. 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 and OMEP (World organisation for Early Childhood Education).

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 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.


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

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.

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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:

The American School in London – Frankfurt International School, Germany – Liverpool City Council – 4Generations4Education, Dubai, UAE – Bristol City Council – Early Excellence, London –  First Steps Himalaya, Nepal – Paro College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan –  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