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Early Years Midlands

Helium is hosting an early years consultation in Mullingar on January 23rd to establish the potential for a sustainable early years arts programme in the Westmeath/Longford region to be led by Helium. This consultation will be attended by stakeholders from the arts, child health and family services, and community support organisations. The purpose of the programme is to benefit babies and toddlers and their parents using the arts, with a professional development element for artists and staff.

Helium aims to design a sustainable programme in partnership with local organisations that will have the following objectives:
• arts driven
• emphasis on health and social benefits
• builds capacity and includes personal and professional development
• fulfills unmet needs of parents and very young children in the Midlands area.

This consultation phase is funded by the Arts Council and supported by Westmeath County Council Arts Office.

Helium is based in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. Since 2008, we have co-ordinated early years projects throughout Ireland. One of these projects, Infant Imaginings, has brought creative play to children aged 0-3 during Child Development Clinics in local health centres and to Parents and Toddlers Groups. Infant Imaginings aims to promote relaxation, communication and learning between babies, toddlers and their parents through music, performance, puppetry and the visual arts.

Helium’s Professional Development Programme offers training and support to artists and healthcare staff who wish to engage in early years practice. In 2012, Helium held a 2-day seminar and workshop programme called Creative Connections with speakers and artists from across Europe contributing. Documentation from Creative Connections can be viewed here.

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