Introducing Creative Woodwork in Early Childhood Education

Date: 5th and 6th February 2021

Workshop Leader

Pete Moorhouse is an artist educator, researcher and early years creative consultant. Pete is an associate trainer for Early Education, the largest organization supporting early childhood education in the UK and deliverers training both nationally and overseas.
Pete is an honorary research fellow at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol currently researching creative and critical thinking in early years education. Pete is also a Churchill Fellow – currently researching ‘making’ in global education.
His work in is centred around developing children’s creativity and his practice is inspired by Froebellian principles and the practice in Reggio Emilia.
Pete is the leading authority on woodwork in early years education and has written several books and journal articles. His latest book was published in Feb 2018 by Routledge – Learning Through Woodwork: Introducing Creative Woodwork in the Early Years

Workshop Description

There is currently a worldwide surge of interest in woodwork with young children. Woodwork is hugely popular with children – embracing hands, hearts and minds. It 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 curriculum. Woodwork has a long tradition in early childhood education dating right back to Froebel over 180 years ago! In this course you will learn all you need to know to get started.

Audience: Teachers, Leaders, Advisors, Policy makers. 3-6 Years (also of interest to 6-11 years).

Language: English.



Session One 8:30 – 10:00
Historical contexts, Looking at examples of current best practice. Links to the maker movement in education. An introductory practical session to get some hands on experience.


Session Two 10:30 – 12:00
The theory of woodwork – learning and development associated with woodwork. Links to all areas of curriculum.
How woodwork support children’s creative and critical thinking.


Session Three 1:00 – 3:00
Introduction to all the most appropriate tools, woods and techniques. How to introduce all tools/working with wood to children. – Creating a woodwork area
Role of the adult. Health and safety and risk assessment.


Session Four 8:30 – 10:00
Practical session working with wood and tools. Opportunity to experience and gain confidence working with all tools.


Session Five 10:30 – 12:00
Open-ended explorations, tinkering, construction and long term projects.

Session Six 1:00 – 3:00
Next steps. Reflection and discussion about implementation. Professional goal planning. Information on resources and suppliers and continuing support.