Training Opportunities

In addition to creative development and tours of performances for Scotland’s youngest age group, Starcatchers also delivers programmes of training for Early Years practitioners. On this page you will find the latest information about Starcatchers training funded by the Scottish Government.

Since 2013, Starcatchers has been delivering Creative Skills training for Early Years practitioners in Scotland.  Funded by the Scottish Government, this programme offers a range of training sessions from Early Years artists which explore a range of art forms using a playful, open-ended, child centred approach. As evidenced through an independent evaluation undertaken for the pilot programme 2013-15 (Really Useful Knowledge), the training has been proven to deepen understanding of arts and creativity and to help participants integrate knowledge and skills gained into practice.

If we are to encourage the next generation to be creative, flexible and confident, as practitioners we must first embody those principles ourselves.  We need to be brave. – Rhona Matheson, Chief Executive, Starcatchers

We are delighted that the Scottish Government have funded this innovative training for 2018-2019. The programme is for everyone working across the Early Years sector, including staff in nursery and family centre settings, health workers, childminders, and out-of-school and play workers.

The Training

The Creative Skills training is designed to be practical, accessible and inspirational. It goes beyond giving participants a list of instructions to follow, and instead increases the creative practice of participants by:

  • Sharing a toolkit of expressive arts activities that are open-ended and adaptable to different ages, settings and themes.
  • Enabling practitioners to explore their own creative and artistic capabilities in a supportive environment.
  • Setting take home challenges where participants are asked to devise and deliver their own expressive arts activity based on what they’ve learned.
  • Reflective practice opportunities where participants share their experiences from their take home challenges at the next session. This has the advantage of encouraging participants to incorporating the training into their practice straight away. 

The training is designed to be more than the sum of its parts and will have the greatest impact on participants who can commit to attending the whole programme. By taking a multi-artform approach – which includes drama, creative movement, music and visual art – participants will broaden their creative confidence across a range of expressive arts.

Creative Skills Programme 2018/19 Documents






Creative Skills Training Overview 2018/19 Click Here


Core Programme Areas and Dates Click Here


SQA Level 7 Course Information 2018 Click Here

Starcatchers Level 7 Creative Skills in Early Childhood Practice Qualification

More information regarding 2018/19 delivery will be displayed here soon.

The Creative Skills Programme 2018/19

This FREE programme of practical sessions is running in Aberdeen, Dundee, Midlothian and North Ayrshire.

Creative Skills Programme 2018/19 Applications

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Creative Skills 2018/19

Applications are currently closed. Watch this space to find out more about 2019/2020!


Creative Skills 2018/19

Applications are currently closed. Watch this space to find out more about 2019/2020!


 Creative Skills 2018/19

Applications are currently closed. Watch this space to find out more about 2019/2020!


 Creative Skills 2018/19

Dates from March-May 2019! Register your interest here.

Bespoke Training

As well as the Qualification and the Core Creative Skills Programme, Starcatchers are also available to be commissioned to deliver bespoke training. Please contact for more information.

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