During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we have taken our Early Years programme online, visit the Early Years | PLAY Live page for more details.
At the Whitworth, children take the lead. Our award-winning early years programmes are full of rich, sensory and hands-on activities, all of which are focused on early child communication and development.
Inspired by both our collection and by artists’ (and children’s) capacity for curiosity and imagination, the Whitworth is a social space that encourages cooperation, creativity and connectivity.
Explore more about our work with children and early years educators using the links below.
If you and your young family are planning a visit, find out what you can do together at the gallery in our Family section
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Winner of the Clore Award Museum Learning 2012. Specially commended for our work with early years providers.
Early Years | PLAY Live – Online
A new online programme with live Zoom PLAY workshops on a chosen Monday each month.
PLAY Live Baby – Online
Live sensory play sessions on Zoom especially for babies born in lockdown and their grown-ups.
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we have taken our Art Baby programme online. For the new 2021 term, on a chosen Monday each month, we will be running live Zoom play workshops.
Outdoor Art Club
Workshops that bring art, nature and play together that take place come rain or shine.
Outdoor Art Club is temporarily paused at the moment.
The galley is working directly with local community Surestart groups until the COVID 19 government regulations change.
Early Years Groups
For EYFS, nurseries, children's centres and community groups working with children under 5.
A creative, practical programme of activity designed to support a child's early experiences of an art gallery.
Muck about outdoors, at a gallery where art meets nature. For toddlers and their grown ups.