Chadwick: Creativity in Early Years

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Chadwick International School

Incheon, Incheon 406-082

Korea (South)

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“Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible. No-one can do more”

Loris Malaguzzi

The vital connections between creative expression, play, imagination and innovation are well documented; as is the significance of plentiful opportunities for creative and open-ended experiences in the early years of life. Early Childhood Services and Schools are proud subscribers to these beliefs yet many are at odds with young children’s imaginative and creative dispositions (Wright, 2010).

How can we understand young children’s creativity in more depth? To what extent is young children’s creativity a shared and social experience rather than solely an individual pursuit? What are the implications for teachers who wish to recognise, value and support children’s creativity as an ongoing process of meaning-making?

This workshop explores the many faces of creativity in the early years and provides participants an opportunity to look both at the theory and the practice behind creative early learning experiences. This is an interactive workshop where participants will be expected to engage practically and theoretically with different forms of creative thinking, tinkering, collaboration and expression.

Participants will:

  • Cultivate a deeper understanding of the relationship between play, creativity and innovation.

  • Develop greater awareness of the role that cognition plays in the creative process; as a strategy for making meaning.

  • Develop a deeper understanding of how to recognise, plan for and celebrate children’s creative acts.

  • Experience creative collaboration with fellow participants as they co-construct understandings and explore different learning experiences.

Participants will need to bring:

  • a smock or apron and wear comfortable clothes for movement experiences

  • an iPad or laptop for documenting learning

  • a photo of a 'creative learning moment' (can be of anyone at any age) which they are willing to share with the group

  • a small collection of 'loose parts' (can be natural or man-made objects


Early Years Teachers and Leaders

Workshop Leader Biography: Fiona Zinn

Fiona is an Educational Consultant based in Hobart, Australia. Drawing on 25 years of classroom and leadership experience across early childhood, primary and tertiary sectors, Fiona currently collaborates with international schools to boldly re-imagine early years pedagogy and learning environments in response to research. Much of her work and research finds strong resonance with the ideas of Reggio Emilia. Fiona lectures at the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education and, since 2004, has been elected to the Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange National Committee where she convenes the REAIE Professional Learning Project Group. Fiona presents professional development workshops throughout Asia-Pacific and also works with the International Baccalaureate as a Professional Development Educator, Field Representative, Global Curriculum Writer and Workshop Developer.

Workshop Timings:

Saturday 23 September

8.30 - 9.00 Introduction to the conference

9.00 - 10.30 Session One

10.30 - 11.00 Break (snacks provided)

11.00 - 1.00 Session Two

1.00 - 1.45 Lunch (lunch provided)

1.45 - 3.45 Session Three

Sunday 24 September

8.30 - 10.30 Session Four

10.30 - 11.00 Break (snacks provided)

11.00 - 1.00 Session Five (conclusion of workshop)


All participants will receive a certificate of participation for the workshop.


Early Bird Fee: US$300

Registration fee after the 31 August 2017: US$330

Registration fee after the 30 September 2017: US$360

Cancellation Policy

Please note that each workshop will proceed based on participant registration. Innovative Global Education will inform you by 1 September, 2017 if the workshop is to be cancelled. If the workshop is cancelled your full payment will be reimbursed.

Workshop Participation

If Innovative Global Education is informed by 1 September, 2017 that a participant is unable to attend the workshop, a full refund will be given. If notification of not being able to participate is after 1 September, 2017 IGE will be unable to refund the registration fee.

If, for any reason, a school needs to either transfer a registered participant to another workshop from the workshop registered or change the name of the participant attending a workshop, Innovative Global Education can make these changes on request from school or participant.

Travel and Accommodation Information

What do I need to know when making travel plans?

Chadwick International

45, Art center-daero 97 beon-gil, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, South Korea (22002)

International travel:

Songdo is conveniently located 20 minutes from the Incheon International Airport. Upon arrival, head to the Incheon Taxi ranks outside door 5 of the arrivals wing. A metered taxi from the airport to Chadwick International should cost about 30,000KRW.

Domestic Travel:

Songdo is accessible from Seoul using the metro system (Incheon Line 1) or express busses. More detailed maps and route numbers are available on Chadwick International's webpage. Parking is available on campus.


Map showing hotels and Chadwick International

Songdo is a compact city, easily walkable in all seasons. All of the hotels listed below are within a 10-15 minute walk from Chadwick International's campus.

Central Park Hotel

Orakai Songdo Park Hotel

Sheraton Grand Incheon Hotel

Oakwood Premier Songdo

Holiday Inn Incheon Songdo

Hotel Gyeong Won Jae Ambassador

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