Call out for under 5s creative activity packs (now closed)

Call out for creative challenges/activity packs for families with under 5s

Made with Many are working with Home-Start Wellingborough & District and the Northamptonshire County Council Children First 0-19 team to offer creative activities for families with under 5s during the Covid-19 emergency.

We are seeking practitioners who can plan and compile creative activities (including all materials required to take part) that can be done at home through a series of 10 creative challenges (with a final face-to-face workshop in March for the 10th challenge if Covid-19 restrictions allow). The challenges will be delivered to families in December, January and February and will also include a Creative Challenge passport that children can use to keep track of their progress.

Feedback from families shows that popular activities could include:

  • Sensory activities
  • Dance or movement
  • Christmas craft or stories (for the December pack)
  • Storytelling
  • Family scrapbooking
  • Exploring outdoors (depending on the weather)
  • Messy play (but nothing that would cause too much mess or stress)

The creative challenges should include a mixture of activities. Activities need to be presented in a way that children could take part in some of the activities on their own, whilst other activities may offer the opportunity to connect as a family. Some participants may have a number of children, limited time or may not have engaged in similar activities in the past. The approach to engaging children and their parents should be considered in the proposal for this opportunity.

The 10 creative challenges will be accompanied by a closed and moderated online social media group to support participants that choose to engage digitally with the project. Practitioners will be required to contribute feedback to participants at set times, or offer live demonstrations or video content depending on the activity. This is an additional opportunity to engage with participants but activities should not rely on online content to engage participants.

We are looking for costed proposals for practitioners for at least one pack (3 challenges), or the full programme across different art forms/activity types including an in-person workshop. Alternative plans for face-to-face contact should also be presented. Costings for materials, design and printing of the challenge passport, venue hire (if applicable for the 10th challenge) and couriering/delivery of packs to us should be included.

Before You Apply

Please download the full brief below, which includes more about the project partners, practitioner requirements, fee, contractual information, timescales, how to apply as well as who to contact for an informal conversation about the role.

Closing date and timescale

Deadline for applications: 10am on Monday 19th October 2020 (this is now closed to applications)

Equal Opportunities

Made With Many is committed to equal opportunities. We are working to achieve diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community. In support of this, we have an access budget available to disabled artists delivering aspects of our programme. If you require additional support to deliver activities, please outline these requirements in your application. Any such requests will not affect the outcome of our decisions. If you require additional support in making an application, or would like this information in an alternative format, please contact the office at or  01536 267895.

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