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In this part of the course, we focus our learning on a case study of Tots Corner Early Childhood Centre in Northcote, Auckland.
Tots Corner is a long-day care centre and, like Kids’ Domain, is inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy. Tots Corner is well known for its distinctive approach to early childhood education, which is focused on the visual arts. It is situated in an old villa and is full of carefully curated artworks that have been created by children and teachers. As you will see, the resources provided for children are quite unique – you will not find much from an educational catalogue in their provision. This final case study will help you to think about how you might position the visual arts as a core aspect of the curricular programme in your centre.
Our aims for this part of the course are:
- To consider the role of materials in the visual arts and the importance of the kind of materials offered
- To examine how teachers might make intentional choices about the use of materials
This will involve:
- Watching an interview from our case study centre Tots Corner about the role of materials in art, and how teachers approach the provision of materials.
- Reading about ‘loose parts’ for visual arts provision.
- Reflecting on your teaching and art practices in relation to the case study.