Through creative ecology, James works with pre-schools/nurseries and reception age children, to enable them to make the best use of local outdoor space, natural/recycled materials, and local cultural venues, exploring issues and ideas of relevance to the children through sensory and imaginative play.

James has acted as a mentor on early years arts projects, and museum family learning projects, supporting artists, education officers and early years practitioners in facilitating the creative development and learning of foundation-stage children.

He has also worked as an artist and mentor with the 5x5x5=creativity action research organisation since 2004, exploring how creative arts media can support children to lead their own learning, supported and documented by the adults that work and play with them.

Through creative ecology projects and professional development sessions, James will work with you, to set up opportunities for children to explore the world that surrounds them, learning by direct experience, group discussion/reflection and making, encouraging development in key areas as described by the  Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.


"We have seen a noticeable difference in the children who worked closely with James.  They have taken the skills that the pre-school aims to encourage to a new level, confident in their ability to explore and combine, to be creative not only in artistic media but also in thought and imagination."                                                                       
Pre-School Manager