Megan Dowsett is a creative consultant working in museums, galleries and the arts, an illustrator who is finding her voice through personal and local projects, and a parent to two young beings who can't help but influence her creative journey.

Through the name Norris and the Flamingo, she shares the sense of adventure that runs through all of life, wherever we are on our journey. A sense of imagination, of possibility and discovery, for children and adults alike.

27 February 2018

Early Excellence

20180206_160402 I joined the Early Years Network for an exploration and introduction of the Early Excellence Centre in Canada Water.  It's a gorgeous place, full to the brim of beautiful displays to inspire the best in learning for 0-6.  Gorgeous in part, because the displays are new, unused and uninterrupted by eager but clumsy hands. 20180206_160451 But, incidentally, nurseries and schools almost always impress me with their ability to re-set with inspiring set-ups and arrangements every single day.  Knowing, of course, how difficult it is for me to keep on top of merely two small children and their mess!

Inspired for now by ideas of multi-layered learning through blocks, from building bridges to putting them away in correct numbers on shadows of their shapes, and of multi-sensory transient art, crystals and light boxes, I've also stored away a pile of good intentions to find out more about how small children learn and how they see the world. 20180206_160419 I was also a little unnerved to realise how my mindset has slowly adjusted to the new status quo.  In the past, I would have sniffed to find that the work of training schools in teaching for early years was done by a business rather than a charity, or indeed a council organisation.  Now, I was pleased to find that they had found a way to make it work ...