International Play Summit

Pete Moorhouse will be discussing the rich potential for open -ended exploration through working with wood.

This event will bring together the best of the best in early childhood education and play around the globe to teach you everything about play.

To register:


RSA blog

I have a new blog out on the RSA website –

In this blog I look at the importance of woodwork in early childhood education – building confidence, especially creative and critical thinking skills well as providing a foundation for lifelong learning and incorporating all curriculum areas.

‘As children make with wood they are learning skills that will empower them to shape their world’

Creativity Training in Dubai

Active learning for Early Years

Encouraging Creative and Critical Thinking in Early Years Education by Pete Moorhouse, Dubai

Date: 31 January – 1 February, 2020
Location: UAE, Dubai,
Hotel: Holiday Inn Barsha

This course will focus on how to develop children creative thinking. We will gain an understanding of the importance creativity plays in education and in life as a whole. We will look in detail at the experience of Reggio Emilia and their approach to encouraging creativity and independent thinking. I will present two examples of children’s explorations in depth – Woodwork and Photography. The course will conclude by looking at the role of the teacher and the importance that the environment plays, both indoor and outdoor, in facilitating creative investigation and exploration. The pedagogical approach of Reggio Emilia will be the foundation underlying all the sessions.

2-day International course Understanding with your hands

This will be a great course in Amsterdam 3 & 4 of june 2020 delivered by Atelier in een Koffer (Studio in a Suitcase): cultural pedagogue Sabine Plamper & visual artist Titia Sprey:

Looking for inspiration and exchange in the creative field? Welcome to our course for professionals in education or childcare, artists and parents.

Creativity is so much more than drawing something beautiful. It is a way of understanding the world with your hands and learning through play, art and sciences. Children have a natural drive to explore, but modern life often lacks space or time. How do you keep this door open? How do you actually respond well to a (scratch) drawing? What is your role in facilitating children in a creative process? How can you guide them, in small or large groups?

This course is delivered in Amsterdam:

During the 2 day course ‘Understanding with your hands’ a clear vision of child and creativity is substantiated and traditional views are brought up for discussion. The participants work themselves with various simple and also challenging materials, which also appeal to the imagination for children. This course provides surprising insights and many practical new ideas. It is suitable for professionals in education or childcare, artists and parents. No special prior knowledge or skills are demanded, just curiosity and playfulness.

Date: 3 & 4 of june 2020 . There will be an additional (facultative) program on Friday afternoon 24 April. We will visit a school or childcare centre and close the course in the evening with an inspiring film.

The international 2day course is given yearly in April. Dates for 2021 are 14 & 15 April.

Teachers: Atelier in een Koffer (Studio in a Suitcase): cultural pedagogue Sabine Plamper & visual artist Titia Sprey

Costs: € 525,- per person incl. material, hand-out and delicious lunch!  See also discounts.

>> When registering with 2 persons, the costs are only € 485,- pp <<

> Early booking discount of € 30,- pp when paying up to 2 months in advance <<

Review from participants:

‘The 2-day course from Atelier in a Suitcase was for me * educational * good atmosphere * inspiring * surprising * varied * flow (time flew) * practical, because the ideas are good to use in the classroom and * clearly theoretically supported! ‘

‘Very nice training! Learned a lot, gained a lot of inspiration, eye opener! Nice combination of practice and listening areas, well-coordinated. Great books, ideas, good atmosphere. “

More info and booking:

Woodwork training in London with Early Education July 4th

Introducing woodwork in early years education

Thursday, 4 July, 2019
Rachel McMillan Nursery School and Children’s Centre, McMillan Street, Deptford, London, SE8 3EH

*Price – NB early bird discount is applied automatically if available: for the Member rate, please login to your account.

  • Members £150, or with early bird discount (until 23 May 2019) £120
  • Non-members £180, or with early bird discount (until 23 May 2019) £150

Book three training days at once, or three places on a course, and save £20 on each of them! To take advantage of this offer, add the three events to your basket, and use the coupon code: EEDISCOUNT3 – the discount will automatically be applied at the checkout.

Course outline

Woodwork is hugely popular and provides a rich source of enjoyment as well as learning. The impact is profound and long term. Deep levels of engagement and intense concentration are common and the children often remain involved in their explorations for extended periods. Woodworking allows children many opportunities including; expressing their imagination, problem solving and sustained perseverance with challenging tasks. The learning outcomes have been remarkable and encompass all areas of the EYFS.

This practical session will look at ways in which woodworking can be safely introduced in your early years settings. We will look at the theory and how woodwork meets many learning and development aspects of the EYFS. We will examine the historical context and look at examples from other countries that have been working successfully with wood for many years. There will be explanations of the most suitable tools for young children and instruction on how best to use them.  We will look at the most suitable woods.  Information on potential suppliers of wood/ tools will be provided. Explanations on how to set up a woodworking area. Suggestions for activities, open-ended explorations and longer term projects. There will be practical elements during the day for practitioners to explore the tools, gain confidence and share the experience of making creations in wood.


From this course you will:

  • Understand the value and theory of woodwork.
  • Learn about the historical context of woodwork
  • Understand the potential of woodwork for creativity and critical thinking
  • Learn how to introduce woodwork safely, implementing an effective risk assessment.
  • Understand the most suitable tools for young children and how to use them.
  • Be confident to develop a woodworking area.
  • Know where to buy the most appropriate tools and materials

The trainer


Pete Moorhouse
9am Registration, Course runs 9.30am – 3.30pm

To book