Starcatchers launches ‘Making My Mark’ campaign

Date: 21st August 2019
Category: Recreation, play and cultural activities, Education, Leisure and Cultural Activities, Respect for the views of the child

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The campaign aims to celebrate and raise awareness of how the arts and creative experiences can help babies and young children learn about their rights.

The inspiration for the campaign came from Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018, which showed the positive impact older children can have when they are empowered to participate and influence decisions that affect their own lives. Starcatchers notes that it’s during a child’s earliest years that they begin to develop the self-belief, confidence and skills that will help ensure they can participate effectively later on.

Through its work, Starcatchers has seen how arts and creative experiences provide fantastic opportunities for very young children to explore, experiment, concentrate, persevere and express their thoughts, feelings and ideas. Through these experiences, children are developing an all-important sense of agency and learning that they have a voice.

The ‘Making My Mark’ campaign aims to inspire grown-ups to put arts and creative experiences at the heart of interactions with babies and young children 0-5.

Over the next few months Starcatchers will be sharing moments when babies and young children are exploring, experimenting, getting stuck in and expressing themselves. The campaign will include performances, community projects and work within early years settings.