The Power of Play – Ruth Churchill Dower – Director, Earlyarts
Ruth works as a trainer, consultant, author, speaker and thought leader with a specialist focus on how creative strategies can nurture our learning and leadership development. Ruth set up the award winning network for the arts and early childhood sectors, Earlyarts, in 2002 with a vision to embed excellent creative leadership in many schools and settings across Europe and the Middle East. To achieve this, Earlyarts works in collaboration with artists, educators and cultural organisations to build creative networks and train around 600 early childhood professionals each year.
Ruth’s recent publications on how creative practice will impact positively on a child’s life can be read on her Blog, in the Guardian, Born Creative, Cultural Entitlement in a Nutshell, and International Creative Practice in Early Years Settings.
Ruth lives in Yorkshire with her two children and spends any free time in the hills paragliding, mountain biking, puddle-splashing and generally having as much fun as possible before tea.