Introducing woodwork in the Early Years- A toolkit

Download now
Please rectify the errors in your form

As educators, the thought of young children handling saws and hammers can be daunting. However, once you discover the value of woodwork in early childhood education, you’ll realize the endless opportunities for trial and error, problem-solving, and perseverance. Not only this, it also boosts self-esteem, resilience and offers opportunities to develop collaboration skills. 

Now, while some educators may view it as a valuable learning experience, others may have worries about the safety or the appropriateness of woodwork experiences for young children. 

This toolkit by Pete Moorhouse will serve as a guide to help you kick-start tinkering and woodwork opportunities in your settings.

How to use this resource:

  • Be inspired by the benefits that woodwork has to offer in EY
  • Get started with top tips and resources
  • Access checklists to monitor health and safety when woodworking
  • Open the carpenter’s chest filled with recommended reads
Pete Moorhouse
Early Childhood Creative Consultant, Researcher, Author, and Trainer

Up next: Related articles, talks and more

The all-in-one collaboration platform for educators.

Toddle streamlines planning, assessments, reports, projects, portfolios, and family communication - all from one place!

Book a free demo
Pete Moorhouse
Pete Moorhouse is an Early Years creative consultant and artist educator and has worked in education for over 30 years. Pete is a trainer for Early Education and delivers training both nationally and overseas. Pete is also a trained Froebel Tutor. Pete is currently researching creative and critical thinking at the University of Bristol. He is a leading authority on woodwork in the Early Years and has written several books, including "Learning Through Woodwork" (Routledge). He was awarded a Churchill Fellowship Award (2022) for his international research and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Learning Through Woodwork- A Toolkit
There is something special about woodwork. The smell and feel of wood, using real tools, working with a natural material, the sounds of hammering and sawing, hands and minds working together to express imagination and solve problems, using strength and coordination - all go to combine captivating young children’s interest. In this toolkit, Pete, a leading authority on woodwork, shares his passion for introducing woodwork in the Early Years and helps us understand how it embraces the different areas of development and builds on children’s dispositions for learning.