Good for careers
Creativity is vital for children’s future careers. Today’s CEOs are concerned about a lack of creativity in tomorrow’s workforce
A recent survey by IBM of the bosses of over 1,500 companies from across the world selected creativity as the most crucial factor for future success. This makes sense if you consider the way technology, globalisation and the internet have changed business, careers and jobs over the past few years. Now it's much harder to get away with producing the same things you've always done because the internet has made it so easy for your customers to identify new, better alternatives elsewhere. Businesses, and other sectors, have constantly to innovate, reimagine and create.
Plenty of researchers, government and international policy-makers (such as the OECD), educational specialists and teachers have found the same thing: creativity and creative problem solving are going to be vital for the future careers of today's young children.
So nurturing children's creativity isn't only important if they are going to end up being painters or musicians or dancers or photographers. Creative arts activities can play a vital role in preparing children for just about any career.
Creative arts activities aren't the only way of developing children's creativity, of course, but they are one of the most important, and one of the ways in which almost all children love to play creatively. Every child's creativity is different, but it is there to be explored and nurtured.
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Your imagination is free. Special times with your children are priceless. Sometimes you pay for professional artists, but the impressions they leave on children can last a lifetime.
Children are born highly creative and then early years experiences can shape our brains: to be more creative, or less so. 75% of a child’s brain cell connections are formed at age 0-3, influencing the rest of their lives.
Creative arts can build confidence, develop rounded personalities, unlock human qualities like expression, support development in language, maths and other areas, and help children to engage with education and learning.