Pete is an artist educator and an early years creative consultant. Pete has over 25 years’ experience of working as an Artist Educator within schools. He is currently Artist Educator at St Werburgh’s Park Nursery School in Bristol. Pete works with children and staff to enrich the programs and encourage creative thinking through various provocations and longer term projects. Pete has worked as artist-in-residence and delivered a variety of creative workshops in a great number schools throughout the UK and abroad. His work is inspired by his visits and in depth study of the Reggio Emilia approach, Froebelian principles and his work in Japan.
He is the author of several books including his latest book published by Routledge “Learning through Woodwork: Introducing Creative Woodwork in the Early Years” and has had several journal articles published in the educational press.
Pete is the leading authority on Woodwork in Early Years education and is the Chair of the Early Years Woodwork Association.
Pete is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bristol currently researching creativity, critical thinking and reflective learning practice and assessment methods for monitoring creative progression. 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 – the World Organisation for Early Childhood Education.
He delivers CPD training, workshops and conference presentations throughout the UK and overseas. The focus of his work is on encouraging creative and critical thinking in young children. Pete is an associate trainer for Early Education and delivers training for many organisations such as National Teaching Schools and Early Excellence. All CPD courses are designed and delivered by Pete Moorhouse. CPD Training sessions are available as half day/ full day/ twilight as part of INSET and are also available on Saturdays for PVI settings.
Pete also works as a sculptor and public artist with a wide portfolio of prestigious commissions, but increasingly early years is Pete’s priority. His work is in many international collections. He sculptures can be see here: www.petemoorhouse.co.uk
Irresistible Learning is a social enterprise (trading as Pete Moorhouse Ltd) . The social mission is core to Pete’s work. Core to the business is the desire to improve creative provision within early childhood education and outcomes for young children. Much of Pete’s work is non-profit and unpaid – such as academic research, writing, campaigning and contributing journal and magazine articles to promote the importance of creativity in education and to highlight the importance of ‘making’ and especially woodwork.. Pete is campaigning to get woodwork re-introduced to early childhood education as well as into Primary KS1/2. There is no trademarked practice/approaches and no copyrighted material. Pete’s many resources are all made freely available and are intended to be shared. It’s all about making an impact and trying to work towards creating better outcomes.
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