BRAVE STEPS development package: offer to libraries

29 May 2015


Enhance your library’s support and appeal for very young children and their families

Build the confidence of staff, volunteers and families to make best use of your creative and cultural resources with 0-2 year olds

Presented as part of Open Sesame, this unique package of staff development and child-led exploratory learning, incorporating public performance/s, is a wonderful opportunity to unlock the richness of your library for 0-2s and those who care for them.

Participating in the BRAVE STEPS Development Package will enable your organisation to:

  • Gain confidence in engaging families with very young children
  • Create resources for very young children, reflecting the nature of your venue and its content
  • Develop a wealth of ideas and activities, tailored to your own programme, and the needs and interests of very young children.

The package is made up of:

  • 2 performances of the BRAVE STEPS show (for up to 20 children, plus adults at each performance)
  • a follow up day of tailor-made training for up to 20 staff/volunteers focussed on making the most of your setting to provide an excellent welcome and quality, creative experience for babies, toddlers and their families


The crackling of the fire, the swish of fallen leaves, the smell of fresh earth and the pure beauty of the air – these are just some of the delicious sounds and sensations that curious explorers aged 0–2 can explore in your library in a hands-on journey through the elements.

Brighton Museum 18/10/13 Museum contact - Michael Olden


“A lovely opportunity for quality time, for simple play and enchanting imaginative child-led time together.”

“Beautifully crafted ideas. They really appealed to my son’s sense of exploration and adventure.  I could barely keep up.”


Octopus Inc’s sell-out BRAVE STEPS presents a world of new sensations specially designed for babies and toddlers to explore and enjoy together with their grown-ups, beginning with singing and progressing through a series of installations which create different environments, each one with its own colours, textures, sounds and smells themed around air, earth, fire and water.

This special performance and CPD package gives libraries the chance to host BRAVE STEPS (previously presented as A WINTER’S TRAIL, Brighton Dome, Christmas 2014) for their communities.

The follow-up support further engages staff and volunteers in broader reflection and training to enhance ongoing child-led, creative engagement for very young families.

“I ran successful creative sessions and the children and myself had a good time. This is all due to the skills and confidence I learned… how to reflect and analyse a creative session…  I have a greater understanding of child development.”


A limited number of subsidised bookings are currently being offered at a rate of £600* for the complete package delivered over 2 days. Bookings can be made now for sessions taking place from September 2015.

The BRAVE STEPS Development Package is offered as part of Open Sesame, an early years creative learning programme produced by Culture Shift and supported by Arts Council England, East Sussex County Council and East Sussex Arts Partnership.

To find out more about this package, or discuss how this might benefit your organisation’s engagement with very young children and their families, please contact or 07780 708864.

(*Bookings outside of Sussex will be subject to an additional travel cost. There is the chance to share the costs and benefits of the package with local partner organisations, if desirable.)