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Early Years

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.

You can use our online booking form to arrange your visit to the Whitworth, or for more information  E-mail the learning team or call on 0161 2757453

If you and your young family are planning a visit,  find out what you can do together at the gallery in our Family section

Sign up for our Primary and Early Years e-newsletter

Winner of the Clore Award Museum Learning 2012.  Specially commended for our work with early years providers.

Early Years CPD

Do you work with under 5's? Enrich your teaching and extend your early years practice.

" So lovely to meet like-minded individuals; a good mix of different backgrounds which makes it refreshing and inspiring." - Early Years Teacher


Early Years Network Meetings

Come along and meet like-minded people in a relaxed and supportive environment. Led by teachers and other Early Years & creative professionals, each term will focus on a different theme, introducing and sharing creative ideas to take back to your setting.
More details to follow.

New dates for 2019/20 coming soon.

Studio Nights

Practical art workshops for educators. Explore arts practice, connect with exhibitions, discover new perspectives and meet other educators.

Free – Booking essential


10 October 2019 Illustration/Wallpaper Design

5 December 2019 Pinhole Photography


23 January 2020 Printmaking

19 March 2020 Film/Animation

14 May 2020 Drawing / Painting

18 June 2020 Textiles and the Natural Environment

Free – Booking essential

To book a place email the learning team or call 0161 275 7543