All to Play For – a conference on creativity in early years

A 1-day conference bringing together early years professionals and managers, creative practitioners and arts and cultural organisations to digest, debate, rethink and explore the provision of creativity in early years settings.

Date: 18/06/2024 – 18/06/2024


With the ongoing and hard-hitting funding cuts to Children’s Centres, Early Years Provision and arts and cultural organisations, the landscape provision for 0-5 year olds inhabits has changed significantly. The stakes are high. We know that providing creative interventions to the youngest members of our society is incredibly important, but how do we continue to make this a reality, especially for our most vulnerable families?

A day of energetic debate, creative problem-solving and networking, this event will bring together early years providers, supporters and influencers to make change happen. With a specific focus on work with 0-2 year olds this event will enable people with an interest in the highest quality creative provision for early childhood to come together and participate in a rich mix of keynote addresses, practical workshops, and debate.

Grown out of the success of the Open Sesame programme, led by Culture Shift, and delivered over a 5-year period, this event will include:

  •  A launch of the key findings from the Open Sesame Report
  • A celebration of the legacy of this work & its most recent participants
  • Sharing of practical ideas for working creatively with 0-2 years olds, led by Octopus Inc
  • Key note address from early years expert and author Penny Tassoni
  • Input on current arts and cultural sector development
  • An Open Space session providing you with the space to start conversations and plan
  • Networking opportunities to bring new attention and energy to the region 

This event is aimed at: 

  • Early years practitioners & managers from public and private settings
  • Freelance artists, creative practitioners and early years providers
  • Staff & managers from arts & cultural organisations
  • Local Authority staff with specialist knowledge of Early Years/Children & Young People
  • Independent early years & creativity specialists/researchers
  • Funders

Reserve a free place here

Visit the CultureShift website



on LEAN’s website:

Did you know
we have a whole early
years section The Rainbow Collective?

And a
twitter account for those working
with young children


"Just to say a huge thanks ... I am looking forward to progressing with this project thanks to your support, advice and guidance"

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