A gentle introduction to stars and planets, this workshop is perfect for Early Years.
We cater for all ages and abilities within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) by delivering the simplest of live planetarium shows for the smallest of space explorers! Our presenters have plenty of experience when it comes to delivering just the right show for EYFS children, using gentle language and simple images.
Our Early Years Space Workshop can be of any length, but tends to last between 15 minutes and half an hour. This planetarium show focuses on star patterns (e.g. triangle, zigzag, house) and planet shapes (sphere), counting (e.g. Jupiter’s moons), and learning bite sized planet facts. Children are encouraged to say out loud new words like ‘constellation’ and ‘orbit’. And if there’s time, we can look at the amazing colours of stellar nurseries and explain that even stars are born, just like people!
An alternative to the live planetarium show is a 25-minute immersive film, developed specially for Early Years, called The Zula Patrol: Under The Weather which you can preview here. And if you only have a small class of Reception children, you could combine the planetarium show and film into a morning or afternoon for the price of a half day.
For very young children aged between 6 months and 2 years, we also have a dialogue-free Sensory Astronomy Show. Click here for more info.
Visitors to the planetarium will usually be seated on the floor. The dome will comfortably hold up to:
• 40 EYFS children plus supporting adults
• 30 mixed ages including adults
• 20 babies or toddlers (6 – 24 months) with carers
If any children or adults are not able to sit on the floor, we can include one or two chairs within the above numbers (supplied by the venue). For public shows we can bring floor mats and cushions; all you need to do is ask.
The dome is fully accessible for wheelchair users, but this might reduced capacity. For individual requirements, just drop us an email.
The costs for our Early Years Space Workshop are:
£250 for a half day: up to 3 hours show time, unlimited shows
£400 for a full day: up to 5 hours show time, unlimited shows
£250 for an evening: up to 3 hours show time, unlimited shows
We offer special package prices for Scouting and Guiding groups, STEM events and science fairs; get in touch for a tailor made quotation.
TRAVEL & OVERNIGHT STAY
Travel is free within a 20 mile radius of Hastings, and charged at 45p per mile if you need us to travel further. And if the journey will take us over 2 hours, we may have to charge for an overnight stay which costs an extra £40. If our journey includes tolls and ferry charges, these will be added too.
LOCATION & SPACE
The travelling planetarium is for indoor use only and needs a floor space measuring 6 x 6 metres plus a height of 3.2 metres. The floor space needs to be clean and dry. Access to electricity is essential.
To make a booking, please use the Planetarium Booking Form, but make sure you’ve read our Planetarium Guidelines first (click on the big buttons at the top of the page). If you need to talk through any aspects of your booking before filling out the form, call us on 01424 420968 or send us an email.
HEALTH & SAFETY
• We hold £10,000,000 Public Liability Insurance
• All of our electrical equipment is PAT tested, certificates are available on request
• You can download our Planetarium Risk Assessment (above) or you can request a copy by email
• All our planetarium presenters hold an Enhanced DBS Certificate and carry photo ID