Welcome to Baby Boo Blog

Hello! my name is Sue Auty and I am Director of Baby Boo at Horse and Bamboo. For many years I have been making visual theatre for family audiences in outdoor or unusual situations with Edward Taylor as Whalley Range All Stars. You can see lots of examples of our work at https://www.flickr.com/photos/sueauty/albums .Our shows arose out of playing with materials and objects to find the theatrical possibilities.

I became fascinated, enlightened and inspired about working with babies and very young children after being invited to take part in a Reggio Emilia inspired project in Manchester in 2005. The project was created by Manchester Education Partnership and involved placing 10 artists from different disciplines into 10 early year nursery settings with the aim of incorporating some of the principles of the Reggio Emilia teaching philosophy. Alongside this residency there was a series of lectures on child development, creativity, the history and philosophy of Reggio Emilia and a chance to meet the other artists and teachers to share our projects and discoveries. Fantastic! What an amazing opportunity, I learned so much!

I’m now very excited to be able to shape the Early Years programme at Horse and Bamboo.

Horse and Bamboo has a fabulous collection of small and unusual items which allow for open ended play and sensory exploration. I have had the joyous experience of playing with and observing the play of exuberant, thoughtful, abundantly creative young children.

This blog is my attempt to share some of that joy.

You can find Horse and Bamboo at 679 Bacup Rd, Waterfoot, Rossendale BB4 7HB – 01706 220241

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