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Magic Acorns delivers high-quality professional development training to early years practitioners, artists and cultural organisations.

Below are some examples of training offers.
Courses are tailored to meet the needs of individual groups.

Contact us to let us know your individual requirements and for pricing.

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Communicating through musical play

SALTmusic was a research project that teamed speech and language therapists with early years music practitioners and this course is based on its findings. In this session, participants will broaden their knowledge and understanding of the ways in which young children communicate and how music offers an alternative medium for expression. These can be held in-person or online. 

Participants will:

  • Gain knowledge of theories that underpin the SALTmusic approach

  • Develop skills in music and sound play

  • Increase their understanding of interaction and the importance of listening to children

  • Expand their knowledge of how best to use a musical play environment within their practice.


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EY in your Cultural Organisation 

This session is aimed at museums, theatres and other cultural organisations. Ideally for freelance artists and arts administrators to experience together, learning from each other while being guided through the complex and diverse landscape of early childhood education and care.

It will cover infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and will look at working with parents, families and practitioners. Guidance will also be given on the learning environments for young children and their families that can stimulate creative responses.

Participants will:

  • Learn to understand the landscape of early years

  • Discover the most effective approaches in working with this age group

  • Find out how to identify the best sorts of arts practice for young children and families

  • Feel equipped to work with young children and artists.


Making Spaces

This session will give you all the tools you need to be able to transform any room or area into an immersive, sensory, playful space.

Using found objects, pound shop bargains and other inexpensive and easily accessible materials, you will explore and play with transforming spaces.

Through hands-on activities you’ll gain the necessary skills to be able to make quick and simple playful environments, and through video and discussion you can reflect on the impact these would have on a child’s experiences.

Participants will:

  • Gain practical experience of creating an immersive play environment

  • Learn some of the skills and techniques that can be drawn upon to create play spaces quickly and cheaply

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the impact of immersive spaces and how they can be used in settings and cultural venues

"Engaging, inspiring, thought provoking" Nicola Burke - Sounds of Play

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