Children and families

Great - nice mix of music and visuals. Even engaged my 9-month-old. 

Audience member. The LicketyTale of Molly Whuppie, December 2013


Licketyspit Scottish/Bulgarian Innovative Early Years Practice Exchange 2014

North Edinburgh Arts

Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th September 2014

Exploring the use of creative practice to foster imaginative play, creativity and social and emotional development in the early years, including children with complex needs and engaging with parents/carers and nursery staff.

In Spring 2014 Licketyspit’s Artistic Director/Chief Executive, Virginia Radcliffe, participated in a European Union Peer Review Seminar into inspiring practices on Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) in Sofia, Bulgaria, together with delegates from Bulgaria, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Northern Ireland.

On 10th and 11th September, Licketyspit was delighted to welcome a return visit to Edinburgh from a delegation of 9 Bulgarian early years specialists. Their two-day programme included workshops, nursery study visits and visiting speakers.

Part of the Exchange programme was open to colleagues from across children, family, education, health, arts and community services with an interest in innovative early years practice.

Speakers included:

Virginia Radcliffe – Artistic Director/Chief Executive, Licketyspit

Alice Betts – Visual Artist, Zoo Arts & Zoo Arts Extra

Marion Macleod – Policy Manager, Children in Scotland

Kate Wimpress – Director, North Edinburgh Arts

Catriona Wallace – Head of Early Years, Scottish Book Trust

David Trouton – Musician and Composer

Joan Parr – Portfolio Manager Education, Learning and Young People, Creative Scotland

Sara Macaulay – Retired SEN Teacher and Licketyspit Associate

Thursa Sanderson – Chief Executive, Drake Music Scotland

With thanks to North Edinburgh Arts, Cowgate Nursery for Under 5’s and North Edinburgh Childcare.


Delegate feedback:

“Thank you so much for this wonderful possibility! I went back home full with inspirations and motivation for change.”


“I would like to thank you on behalf of myself and all my colleagues for the amazing program we had in Edinburgh and your hospitality and friendliness! It was really not only very valuable for us as practitioners, but also as humans. Thank you!”


“Proud to be part of the Scottish early years community as it is thriving! Lovely to hear of LicketyLeap again – amazing project.”


“Interesting to hear the thoughts and practices of others”


“Excellent two days”


“It exceeded my expectations… You made me feel like a child – it was fabulous!”


“Wish I’d attended the whole event instead of just one day. Certainly lots of different ideas and experiences… Loved it! Thank you.”


“Unfortunately was unable to attend both days – very interesting and reassuring listening to teaching methods and approaches… Very keen to attend future events.”


“I gained new ideas of working with children and families in my area, especially flexible and inclusive practices… Lovely hosts, so kind and willing to help. Amazing city and artistic people. Love the way they connect arts, education, kids and parents.”


“It was really inspiring to see and hear about how you work with your children and families. Thank you for sharing.”


“Thank you for such a great day last week… It was lovely to see the films again – it reminded me what a remarkable thing LicketyLeap is!”


“I wanted you to know that I thought it was a wonderful experience! I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such an exciting and thought provoking conference. It was a pleasure to meet the Bulgarian delegates, I hope they had wonderful time and gained as much from the experience as I did. The wealth and variety of speakers was exceptional and I am very interested in researching further some of the methodology and practices that came to light. I particularly enjoyed learning more about Licketyspit’s processes and approach to LicketyLeap.  It was wonderful to watch the children's engagement and to see how many opportunities have emerged from your work. I also thought you both were wonderful hosts, making everyone feel welcome, valued and included. So once again thank you for having me along.”


“Once again, thanks for this incredible, amazing and unforgettable experience. The organisation was on a very high level, each presentation was very useful. The two nurseries were precisely chosen… Hope to come back to Scotland again…”


“The event not only fulfilled my expectations – it exceeded them. I was really impressed by the varieties of the projects for children, but also the state financial help. The organisation was perfect, the presentations were very interesting and helpful for me. And the visits to the nurseries was an amazing experience for me.”


“The event exceeded my expectations – the speakers were really impressive… Visits to nurseries were very interesting and enriched our experience… Thank you for your hospitality and friendliness!”


“It was a pleasure for me to see how people working in Scotland work with children in nurseries using methods from the arts.”


“I would like to thank you for the organization, hospitality and information provided. It was an amazing trip for us, thanks to your positive attitude and good work with the children. I hope we can do more things together and can invite you to Bulgaria.”


“I was fascinated by the meetings, presentations and shared experience. Surpassed my expectations. I learned a lot of new approaches to working with children. Inspired to try in my own work. Thank you for everything!”


It's just a joy. Long may you run and run, Molly Whuppie – you're a classic piece of children's theatreMary Brennan, The Herald
The show was great, very enjoyable and funny! My child was very interested! She sat through the whole show!Audience member. The LicketyTale of Molly Whuppie, December 2013
Super performances, great audience participation. The kids were entranced. Dynamic storytelling!Audience member. The LicketyTale of Molly Whuppie, December 2013