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Learning through woodwork
Learning time
This self-paced course is approximately 8 hours of learning time.
Who is this for?
Early-years educators who are interested in developing their knowledge and skills for creating engaging learning opportunities through wood work.
skill level
This course is suitable for beginner to experienced educators.
Learning through woodwork is an exciting and valuable part of the early childhood curriculum. And yet it is often one of the most overlooked, and misunderstood play areas. For many early childhood educators we are looking for confidence and a little more "know how" before we feel ready to dive into learning and teaching in the woodwork space.

  • So how can we create a woodwork space that is inviting, well resourced and ready for children to explore in depth. What tools and equipment will we need to ensure our woodwork space is effective?
  • How can we ensure this is a safe play space that also allows for appropriate risk-taking?
  • What learning do children gain from woodwork?
  • What strategies can we put in place to support children’s deep learning in the woodwork space?
  • How can we create collaborative learning for groups of children through woodwork (projects)?

In this course Pete Moorhouse will take you through and answer all of these questions and so much more.

This course includes;

  • Videos exploring each of the modules in depth.
  • Recommended reading.
  • Resources to help you develop confidence and skills for learning and teaching through woodwork.
This course has been created by Pete Moorhouse.
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About the course creator 

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Pete Moorhouse

Pete Moorhouse is passionate about encouraging creative thinking in Early Years Education. He has over 25 years experience working with schools and works regularly in Early Years settings as an artist educator.

As an artist Pete is an acclaimed professional sculptor with an impressive portfolio of sculpture and public art commissions. His sculptures are in several international collections. His work can be seen at but increasingly Pete’s focus dedicated to early years!
Pete has considerable experience of early childhood practice an many countries, through his overseas research and also work delivering training all around the world, form Japan to Bhutan , New Zealand to the USA, Bahrain to Sweden and many countries in between.

Pete is the leading authority on Woodwork in Early Years Education and has several journal articles and books published. Pete is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bristol currently researching Creativity and Critical thinking in Early Years Education. He has presented research papers at BECERA, IAEC and OMEP. Pete is a Churchill Fellow currently researching international perspectives on ‘making’ and woodwork in early education. Pete is a member of ICEnet International Creative Education Network, the International Art in Early Childhood Education Association, OMEP (World organisation for Early Childhood Education) and the Froebel Network.

Pete is dedicated to providing opportunities for all children to express their creativity and develop their creative and critical thinking skills, and firmly believes in narrowing the gap in attainment and improving outcomes for all children.

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