Creative Little Scientists set out to bring together creativity and early years science and mathematics. The project focused on preschool and the first years of primary education (from 3 to 8 years). It built up a picture of existing teaching practice and identified ways of fostering creativity and inquiry learning within early science and mathematics.
Funded by the European Union, Creative Little Scientists gathered evidence from nine countries: Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Malta, Portugal, Romania and the UK. It ran from 2011 to 2014. The Open University was one of three UK partners, the OU team led on creativity and contributed to the wider work. You can see details of all the partners within 'About this project'.
The project worked with teachers and other stakeholders, exploring classroom practices and policies in the different countries. It gathered evidence from a transnational survey, analysis of policies in the nine countries, and extensive classroom fieldwork. This resulted in new guidelines for policy and proposals for changes in teacher education and classroom practice. A follow on project Creativity in Early Years Science (CEYS) has been established to develop concrete training materials, co-designed with teachers, which build on the insights from this research.
Evidence from Creative Little Scientists was analysed within four themes.