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The Next Steps

21 Dec

Thank you

The CultureBaby team would like to say a big Thank you for attending, or expressing an interest in, the seminar at  Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester on 23 November. We have had very positive feedback and we want to let you know how we are planning to take the work forward and share it with you we will update this blog until the new one is launched, so keep checking back

Our plans for 2012…..

Countdown to the new early year’s blog
We will be launching a new blog in early 2012, with a new name and branding for all the early years programmes (including 0-2 practice) that  we run  across Whitworth Art Gallery , Manchester Museum and Manchester Art Gallery.

Sharing our evaluation from 0-2 pilot activities
Liz and Sara Mair from Mair Health and Mair Education are currently evaluating the drop in and targeted activity sessions we are running at  Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum. We will share their findings with you on the new blog.

Follow up event summer 2012; 0-2 best practice sharing workshops
In your feedback, many of you have asked for a follow up event which facilitates the sharing of best practice with very young children and parents. We are also aware that many of you very kindly offered to speak at our event in November but we could not accommodate you, therefore we are planning to host a follow up event in summer 2012 which will focus on examples of good practice across arts and cultural organisations. We will contact you via email and on our blog when we have a date and venue, but in the meantime please feel free to contact us if you are interested in sharing your practice or leave us a message below.



5 Dec

Thank you

29 Nov

We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended the CultureBaby seminar last Wednesday, and special thanks to our speakers and panel members.

We hope you had a great day and took away some useful ideas and information.

Check back here to see film footage from the day, which we’ll be uploading shortly, and feel free to comment on any of the posts.


Evaluating activities for under 2s and parents and carers

21 Nov

An image taken from a Mair Education project

Hello from the Mair Sisters!

We’re Liz and Sara and we’re very excited to be working with The Manchester Museum and The Whitworth Art Gallery to evaluate activities for under 2s.

Over the next four months we’re going to be observing the pilot activities across both sites for under two year olds. We’ll also be speaking to a range of people including parents and carers, museum and gallery staff, health visitors and children centre staff to ask their opinion about what’s on offer. This will help us understand how culture can contribute to early intervention and development, to make lasting improvements to the lives of children.

Liz is from a health and very early years background and runs Mair Health and Sara runs Mair Education, which specialises in helping museums develop provision for a wide range of audiences.

We’ll be posting more information about our work over the coming months but in the meantime feel free to contact us if you’d like to get involved and find out more about what we’re doing.

You can contact us by email on liz@mairhealth.com  or sara@maireducation.com 

 Or call us on 07815 095 305

Speakers and panel page now live

3 Nov

We have been putting together a page on our speakers and panel for the CultureBaby event.

Click here to see more, feel free to comment and let us know what you think about our lineup.

Image, a young child engaging in an activity at a cultural venue


19 Oct

We nearly have 100 delegates on our seminar!!

We have quite simply been overwhelmed by emails and bookings, thank you to everyone who has taken the time to email Katie to book their place and to those that have emailed with details of their own practice and experiences of working with 0-2’s.

Please remember you can also comment on this blog, let us know what you think of our speakers and posts, or just tell us what you have been doing.

We look forward to seeing you all at the Whitworth Art Gallery in November!

Image, Enjoying a visit to the Manchester Museum

So why culture and why Manchester?

3 Oct

Cultural context

There has been significant investment in early years learning within the museum and gallery sector.  Strong partnerships have emerged with key early years providers.  In coming months, Manchester’s museums and galleries will be identifying the key areas to focus limited investment.  Early years work, including early intervention is an increasingly high priority across the city (with shared posts across organisations).

Across the cultural sector more widely, work is being developed apace within performing arts, especially theatre for the under 2s. Music organisations are starting to explore this area of work and audience development. However, programmes or dedicated partnerships and work with 0-2 providers, carers/parents or activities with babies are still rare within museums.

Image, Children taking part in activities in Museums and Galleries in Manchester

Manchester context

Early years provision within Manchester is changing rapidly as services are restructured and Manchester is referenced within the Graham Allen report for its approach to early intervention.

Manchester‘s museums and galleries  have developed a strong reputation and track record for engaging young children and families across the city. This has predominantly focused on 3-5 year olds within some of the most socially and ethnically diverse and economically deprived neighbourhoods and wards in Manchester. To find out more please follow the links to Earlyarts for our case studies and publications and to each of the museum and galleries websites for details of current programmes and resources.

Image, Exploring Treasure Baskets

They are now well placed to lead the sector and develop distinctive and enriching opportunities to engage Manchester’s very youngest children (0-2) and those who care for and work with them.

We feel that this is an appropriate time to host this seminar.

  • Early intervention is high on the political agenda
  • Evidence is being regularly published to support the case that this is the best time to make interventions to improve outcomes
  • Manchester has been referenced for its approach to partnership working on the early intervention programme and there should be future opportunities to lever funding and work in partnership.
  • Research has emerged which highlights the value of developing the communication skills and environment of very young children.
  • Museums and galleries have yet to prioritise this audience and there is a gap in provision relating to this area of policy/practice.

We would be really interested in hearing how are policies, research and restructured services affecting your practice?  Please feel free to comment below.