MUNICIPALITY: Frederikshavn
DAILY OFFER: Playroom Stjernen

Short story: The Star Playroom (2023)

How have you experienced the co-creation between artist/cultural educator/cultural school teacher, educators and children and possibly researcher?

Artist Lars has become a natural part of the house. The children have shown a joy of reunion when they have seen Lars. The children have felt seen and understood through sounds and not so much language.

Over time, daycares have become more "free" in their play with the children.

How have children's perspectives been expressed/included?

After each session, the childminders have given "free play" with different materials and followed the children's tracks.

The children have felt seen and understood through sounds (imitation and turn-taking) rather than words.

Do the children play different games and with different people than they usually do?

The children are very interested in the things the childminders offer, and we see that some children approach other children more than the ones they usually play with.

How do pedagogical staff act differently than they did before PlayArt?

Daycarers practice letting go of the reins and play more with the children than before. The childminders have worked with the theme at home. For example, one childminder has taken a pot upside down and waited for the children's reaction. When a girl is picked up later, she runs in and picks up the pot and puts it on her head.

What has it been like to work with action learning?

The daycarers have continuously evaluated the process together with the artist and manager, and have made adjustments on an ongoing basis.

What are educators still/now curious about?

The daycare providers will start a program in the fall where they will work with the children in the same way as during this program, but with a different focus.

How will you use art, culture and aesthetic processes in the future?

Daycare providers have become aware that they don't always have to plan an activity - see what happens... but that it's important to set a framework.

What points of attention do we need to take forward?

Don't use so many words and focus more on the sensory. It's important to set a framework with a start and end so children know what to expect.