Learning Through Woodwork

My latest book, Learning Through Woodwork: Introducing Creative Woodwork in the Early Years in now available!

“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

This essential guide provides clear and comprehensive support for those looking to introduce creative woodwork into early years settings. With theory, practical advice, stunning colour images and case studies, the book will inspire practitioners to embrace woodwork and encourage children’s independent creative learning.

Focusing on the numerous benefits that working with wood offers young children, from boosting their self-esteem and problem-solving skills, to enhancing their communication and social development, the author draws on over 25 years of experience to discuss each and every aspect of establishing woodwork in the early years curriculum. Including practical information on materials and tools, staff training, and health and safety advice, this go-to guide provides a treasure trove of ideas to engage children at various stages of development, drawing the maximum benefit from working with wood and tools.

Both inspiring and informative, Learning Through Woodwork will become an essential tool for early years practitioners and teachers wishing to explore and develop woodwork provision.

Available direct from Routledge and Amazon

You can also purchase this book with  20% discount from www.bookseducation.co.uk email richardmyers.bookseducation@gmail.com quoting ECO/JAN. This discount has been arranged by Jan White at Early Childhood Outdoors https://www.earlychildhoodoutdoors.org/


50 fantastic ideas to encourage diversity and inclusion

Check out this accessible book packed full of great ideas to develop awareness and ensure your practice is more inclusive and respects diversity. Written by June O’Sullivan and Nausheen Khan. The book covers many important subjects such as gender, race, and ethnicity, suggesting ideas to develop an inclusive environment for all children.








I have a copy to give away so get in touch if you’d like one for your setting!


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: http://playforpeacesummit.com/


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: