Deconstruct creativity
Use creative and inquiry-based approaches in science teaching
Engage in communities & partnerships with other practitioners

Welcome to the CEYS (Creativity in Early Years Science Education) project website

The CEYS project will develop a teacher development course and accompanying teaching materials to be used in European teachers' professional development to promote the use of creative approaches in teaching science in preschool and early primary education, in the frame of inquiry-based educational environments. The CEYS approach will involve stakeholder communities and particularly teacher and teacher educators in the iterative process of design and evaluation of these materials ensuring that its outputs are appropriate and immediately usable in the relevant European professional contexts.

The overall aim of the CEYS project is to adapt, test, implement and disseminate a new training framework (including an appropriate curriculum, training activities that include good in-school practices, as well as a variety of supporting material) that will support the training of teachers to use creativity and inquiry-based approaches in the teaching of science. 

To achieve these aims the CEYS consortium has defined the following specific and operational objectives:
  • To formulate the main outcomes of the Creative Little Scientists project into training requirements of the target user groups in terms of knowledge and competences required to use creativity and inquiry-based approaches in the teaching of science to young children.
  • To propose concrete training materials that can be used in teacher education for early years and primary teachers in order to foster their use of creative and inquiry-based approaches in science teaching. 
  • To implement and validate a number of training activities at national and international levels with the scope to improve early years and primary teachers’ knowledge and skills. 
  • To develop a systematic evaluation methodology in order to identify the impact of the proposed training process and materials in terms of both effectiveness and efficiency.
  • To disseminate the messages and outputs of the project widely in Europe and beyond through targeted communication actions addressing all stakeholders. 
  • To exploit the outputs of the project at the European level as well as at national and institutional levels, making them easily available to educational policy makers and other stakeholders, especially teacher training policy makers and institutions, through networking with relevant projects, networks and initiatives.