Early Years Information

TheatreWorks Early Years Group 3-6yrs

The Early Years Group is a preparation stage for 3-6s and is ran seperately to the main part-time sessions the sessions last an hour and fifteen minutes when the student is 6 years old they are invited to spend an extra half hour with the main part-time sessions group. Our Early Years Group is ran by the same qualified teachers that run the part-time sessions they can learn the basic skills for performing arts which will give them in every day skills and benefit them in their school life.


Early Years Student


At Early Years we aim to promote confidence and build performing arts abilities at the early ages. We will ensure that vocally, dramatically and physically the children will have fun learning about the performing arts. We will begin by working through a proven early years programme in teaching children, sounds, shapes and colours related to the voice and being able to express them within drama. This is an important resource for any young child and will help to build relationships with other children in role play.

Whilst vocally we are aware that we have to be extremely careful with such young voices we can work on appropriate word learning patterns and early notation, this has been developed by the same music specialist who teaches the 6-18's in our Senior TheatreWorks Sessions and Music School.

Within the hour and fifteen minutes the children at Early Years will begin to develop their skills which will also help with reading, and understanding communication with others. The children will be involved in lots of musical plays, and performances as they grow in confidence and knowledge. It is hoped that from this we can build towards them joining TheatreWorks Seniors at the age of 6 yrs. In the term preceding their sixth birthday we will establish links with the older children by lengthening the time they are with us to overlap into the senior TheatreWorks timetable.

Any child who has been with us at Early Years and wishes to enter TheatreWorks Seniors will still have to sit a small audition to gain entry but DON'T WORRY it's just to assess which group you will be in.

Each terms work will be themed and have a basis that we can develop each child's requirements. Read About Early Years Development


General Information

Our Early Years Music, Drama and Dance Class for 3-6 year old children, has been developed with a qualified nursery teacher & dance specialist to provide early performing arts skills which are part of a fun, educational class. Early Years runs alongside the school term and we ensure each term is a minimum of twelve weeks. Sessions last 1 Hour 15 Minutes and this allows the children to have five minute breaks every 20 minutes as our teachers know this allows better concentration in shorter spans and enables them to learn more. The session can then be split into three 20minute sections which change between music, drama, dance, and movement lessons. We aim to cover a wide range of performing arts skills including building self confidence through interactive games and learning social and drama skills that can be used in every day life. We also offer optional introduction IDTA and LAMDA exams.

We limit our class sizes to a maximum of 15 children per group. We also provide a 'Little Red Curtain', Early Years T-Shirt and any costumes they need included in the price.


About The Teachers

All of our teachers are enhanced CRB checked and also work in schools, our teachers are long serving dedicated teachers that are all specialist performing arts teachers we don't swap and change our teachers as they are all committed to helping us provide high quality tuition to both Early Years and the Senior TheatreWorks. Read More About Early Years Teachers.


What We Work Towards

Our curriculum has been specifically designed for the Pre School and Year One Age Groups. Children will have the opportunity of developing all skills. In music and singing we will work on music games and action songs and matched movements in music. In drama we would look and develop role play , improvisation skills and movement games which will help develop creative expression. Each term will offer different areas of development within our syllabus and can also work towards optional IDTA introduction Dance Rosettes or LAMDA introduction exams. Children will also be involved with performances including our end of term performances and Winter Pantomime. Read More About Our Syllabus

NOTE: Early Years members who are approaching their 6th birthday will be invited to spend some time with the senior students as an introduction to moving up after their 6th birthday.



When and Where

TheatreWorks Early Years is currently held at Oulton, South Leeds and Boston Spa near Wetherby.

New Times from September 2010!

Oulton Early Years takes place on Friday's at 4pm until 5:15pm during term time.

Boston Spa Early Years takes place on Saturday's at 1:00pm until 2:15pm during term time.

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Big Red Curtain Performing Arts is based in Oulton (South Leeds), Wakefield and Boston Spa near Wetherby and within easy reach of Harrogate and North Leeds. Where to Find Us.

Associated Exams:

  • TheatreWorks Trinity Guildhall Speech, Drama and Performance Exams
  • Vivace Music ABRSM Exams
  • Exposition Drama Exams
  • Dance Leeds IDTA Exams
  • Dance Wakefield IDTA Exams

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