Testimonials

What people have to say about Pete!

Find below a selection of feedback on Pete’s work:

We have been following your website, projects and have read the articles and books that you have written.. Truly inspiring. Thank you for all your dedicated work! We have been really excited about our woodwork area and the engagement the children have demonstrated. So many creative and critical thinkers!
Linda MacDonald Nursery Teacher/EYFS Phase Lead Ellesmere Primary School

Nursery World Article on Pete's CPD

Training Talk – Out of the Woodwork, by Gabriella Jozwiak in Nursery World Monday, March 2, 2020

Sometimes a training course is so inspirational, it changes a nursery’s core provision. This was the case at East Prescot Road Nursery School in Liverpool. It began offering woodwork to its three- and four-year-olds in January 2019 after senior teacher and curriculum lead Craig Bolton attended an Introducing Woodwork in Early Years Education course by early years creative consultant Pete Moorhouse.

Mr Bolton said, ‘We were looking at opportunities for how children can demonstrate problem-solving, and integrate all their learning in a way that they’re self-motivated. I wanted the woodwork to happen, but I didn’t know the staff would be convinced to the extent they were.’

Mr Moorhouse then delivered the CPD course in-house during an inset day to all 13 members of staff. It covered woodwork theory, particularly in relation to the EYFS, how the practice contributes to creative and critical thinking, health and safety and practical training on using tools. ‘A crucial part of the day was how inspirational it was,’ says Mr Bolton. Mr Moorhouse asked staff to put themselves in the position of children and ‘go off and explore’ tools and wood during the course. ‘He made everyone feel valued and confident.’

The school introduced the practice straight away, using a woodwork station in classrooms to teach children the basics, after which they improve their skills in a woodwork shed.

‘We noticed a lot of impact on children’s language,’ says Mr Bolton. ‘We had children who were reluctant communicators, but in the woodwork shed as they’re working, they are chatting: marking up with pencils where they want things chopped off.’

After the course, Mr Moorhouse guided the nursery through setting up the provision, helping with risk assessments and providing a shopping list of resources.

 

 

Book: Learning Through Woodwork - Routledge 2018

“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, Professor – Roehampton University

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‘The Definitive EY Book for Woodwork. Destined to be a classic’
This book was waiting to be written for a very long time. It puts woodworking at the heart of the early years curriculum, providing a history of woodwork in the early years and linking its use being advocated by Froebel, Susan Isaacs and many other pioneers. It provides lots of guidance, advice, practical tips collected and learned over many years of using tools and working with young children. More than this, Pete’s approach is truly creative. The book is not about projects and end outcomes. It’s about exploring with materials and tools. I particularly liked the ways into woodwork beginning with heuristic play and a clear developmental progression of tool use. It’s a book that I know I will still love and return to for advice and thoughts when I retire… and that’s a long way off! Juliet Robertson, Early Years Consultant

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‘A must for anyone wanting to do woodwork in early years education’
This is just what I’ve been looking for. It’s a really comprehensive book – giving a thorough account of all the learning associated with woodwork. It has lots of information on all the practicalities of introducing woodwork in the classroom – with all the most useful tools and health and safety guidance etc. I would totally recommend this book to all those working in early years and some really fab pictures to bring it all alive. From what I’ve seen young children really can get a lot from doing woodwork.” Catrin Thomas, Senior lecturer

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“The benefits that working with wood offers young children shine through in this timely and informative book that will become a mainstay of your setting.”
Neil Henty, Early Years Educator Magazine, UK.

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“An essential guide that 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.” Routledge Education

Keynote presentations

“Your keynote presentation was inspirational inspirational, really informative and engaging. The feedback has been excellent”.  Jane Alexander Chief Executive Officer  Wales PPA

 

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“Thank you. A really inspiring keynote – providing a real in depth look at creativity. I now have a much greater understanding of creative and critical thinking and how I can go about observing children and encouraging their progress in these thinking skills”
Sian Davis – Entrust EYs

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“The evaluations about your keynote presentation were extremely positive, with delegates
commenting on how much they had learnt and how engaging you were”
Frances Shillaber – Early Years Consultant

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“Pete Moorhouse was a Keynote speaker at our Early years conference this year. The feedback from the conference was how the early years practitioners loved the way he spoke with so much passion about woodwork and how he made the whole process of working with wood so simple. Practitioners found it will be easy to implement it within their own setting.” – “we wanted to do woodwork in our setting but we didn’t know where to start, Pete has given us everything we need to start, thank you” “thank you Pete, for supplying us with all the resources list, risk assessments and supplier, I am ready to make a go of it!

Panna Nagar – Headteacher, Conference organiser

 

Creativity Keynote Address, Scotland

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for your brilliant creativity keynote for our Early Years conference. It was perfectly pitched with the right balance of theory and research to back everything up. You gave us a really good insight into the importance of creativity and critical thinking skills, how important it is to lay the foundation for this in early years but also essential to continue throughout primary, secondary and beyond to help every child flourish in life. Thank you for so many inspiring ideas on just how to nurture this, in practice, within our ELC settings and schools with “irresistible learning” experiences.

Thanks also for drawing our attention to children who have diminished curiosity for a variety of reasons, and the need to tune into that as educators to make a difference for all – I will be giving that more thought as we move forward.
We’ve had so much great feedback from folk who really enjoyed your presentation. On behalf of the EY Team , thank you!

Linda Burger Early Years Development Officer, Argyll and Bute, Oban.

Really enjoyed this presentation. Very inspired. Thank you / Thank you. Fantastic presentation. / Feeling very inspired – thank you! 🙂 / Have loved today and seeing lots of thoughtful and provoking items – is stimulating my curiosity as to where the children will go with these./ Have loved the message of how curiosity and creativity can support the wellbeing of all children and particularly for those who have experienced trauma. We need to create spaces that spark curiosity and fun. Thank you-so many ideas! / Thank you very much for the inspiring information. / Thank you very much! Thoroughly enjoyed the presentation! /Really interested to look further into your holistic creativity framework pete 🙂 /Thank you, really stimulates curiosity! / I really enjoyed that, thank you! I have been smiling and nodding away! It has been really inspiring and links so closely to RTA, 3 assets, Leuven etc!

CPD and workshops

“Really opened up my ideas to the possibility of woodwork with the really strong links to curriculum” ” Fantastic workshop! Really inspiring and informative. I am definitely going to embed this in our setting. Cant wait to introduce it! Pete is a very knowledgeable tutor.” ” Pete has in’depth knowledge of the EYFS and links to all areas of learning – especially to the characteristics of effective learning. Pete’s passion for woodwork really comes across” 
Early Years Conference, East Ridings LA

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“So many useful and practical ideas and experiential input backed by research and theory. Really inspiring and doable!” 
Bev Dhillon, Forest Fields Primary School, Nottingham

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We all loved the woodwork training. It was very inspirational and gave us loads of help and advice. I think it was the right mix of practical support and theory for us. We came away with a lot more confidence and ready to implement this new project in our setting. Thank you – Lisa
South Park Pre-school

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“This was such an informative session, Pete has such knowledge and passion for creativity, Great to get so much inspiration!”
Jeanette Walker –  Weston College

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CPD feedback form  Edinburgh Froebel network:

“A workshop not to be missed! So many tips and tricks to ensure working with wood and tools is a successful and fulfilling experience for children. Great to have the opportunity for the practical experience too – very therapeutic.  I now have more confidence in the use of tools and how to introduce these to the children. I was reminded of how many learning opportunities are supported through woodwork.”

“It’s given me a great insight into the possibilities at the woodwork bench and how we can extend what we are already doing. I can’t wait to set our woodwork bench set up and get going!”

“Having attended this session with hardly any woodwork experience, I am leaving inspired, confident and excited to develop the skill, knowledge and practice of woodwork with the children, staff and families.”

“The participants feedback sheets were extremely positive and highlighted understanding the importance of creativity in Early Years education, the hands on work, your real examples shared, your passion and the new ideas and are very much inspired to start implementing the new learning”

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Ali Ezzeddine – Director – 4Generations4Education

“The session was really useful and informative. It was really inspiring and thought provoking and has really got me thinking. The great visual images really brought ideas to life. Wonderful dynamic ideas. Great passionate delivery. Thank you.”

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Martha Richards, Early Years Advisor

“Thank you so much. Everything about the session was so useful and the experience of working with wood was really wonderful. Interesting to see how relevant woodwork is the the new EYFS.”  Maja, Curzon Crescent Children’s Centre, London
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“I was really inspired by the slide presentation. It has given me many great ideas to work on myself. I really enjoyed the practical experience of working with tools and materials, I enjoyed the process and has fuelled my enthusiasm” Bridget Graham Katesgrove Primary

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“Really inspiring session. I didn’t want it to end! Great mixture of theory and practice” P Price SWCC

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“This session was really inspiring and given me so many ideas and the enthusiasm to make changes to my practice and creative work with children” Vicky Gianni, Deputy Head

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“It was a brilliant session – relaxed and informative. Right balance between presentation and practical work. The warm up was great! Thank You.”
Sue Vincent, Headteacher

Artist Educator and School Extended Learning Projects

“Pete’s enthusiasm is clearly apparent as is his commitment to encouraging children’s creative
thinking. It is clear that using wood as a creative material can help develop children’s imagination and creativity as well as develop many other skills. Working alongside Pete, I have seen children learning at the deepest level. For some children, working with wood was the key that unlocked the barriers to learning. The impact has been long term.”
Rachel Edwards, Headteacher Park Infant School and Children’s Centre

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“The Year 1 Sculpture project with Pete Moorhouse gave the children a unique and hugely rewarding learning experience. The children were able to drive the project from the outset and their ideas were fully incorporated into the final design. Pete linked really effectively with the teaching team, the leadership team and the parents. The children had the opportunity to explore, plan and design and create a fantastic sculpture. They were given the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge across the learning areas. Pete made really meaningful ICT links, including a blog, to develop and extend the project. They have shaped their learning environment and improved the play space significantly. We have had enormously positive feedback from parents, staff and visitors alike. We are delighted to recommend Pete Moorhouse as an outstanding practitioner who is able to engage effectively with early years pupils.”

Susie Weaver
Headteacher
Ashley Down Infant School, Bristol

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