Creativity and young children: Wondering, exploring, discovering, learning


By Amanda Niland

This book explores creativity as an essential part of early childhood, with a focus on building early childhood educators’ understanding of the features and values of creative processes and their outcomes. It presents theories of creativity derived from research in early childhood and beyond, examples of children’s everyday creativity, and ways in which adults can support children’s creative development and learning. It provides strategies educators can use to nurture and develop children’s creativity to support their learning.



Creativity and play have many things in common, and children show us their innate creativity regularly in their play. Like play, creativity has no single definition, as it is rich, complex and varied. Also like play, creativity is deeply satisfying to those who engage in it.

The book aims to show how encouraging creativity can lead to rich play-based experiences that meet the outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework (DEEWR, 2009). It encourages early childhood educators to tap into their own creativity as they plan creative opportunities for children.

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About the Research in Practice Series:

The Research in Practice Series is published four times each year by Early Childhood Australia.

The Research in Practice Series is a practical, easy-to-read resource, offering effective new approaches for those challenging issues which arise in the care and education of young children. Each issue explores current and emerging research on a specialised topic within early childhood education and care and translates it into practical case studies, ideas and strategies for modern pedagogical practices.

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Additional information

Weight 0.084 kg
Dimensions 25 × 17.6 cm



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