This unit emphasises the importance of young children’s engagement with the arts (art, music, dance, movement, drama and media) in early years’ settings. It investigates the ways in which young children’s ideas, thoughts and feelings are created and interpreted through the arts. Early years’ educators will explore strategies for guiding young children’s artistic expressions through their exchanges, interactions, observations and communication with resources, other young children and adults. Specific reference will be made to the range of expressive languages available to young children as modes of communication and for developing understandings of their physical and social worlds. The unit will include a focus on the unique contributions of Australian Indigenous arts and its place in early years education. The principles of socio-constructivism and emergent curriculum will inform the framework for reflection, exploration, research and planning with children to extend and refine their artistic knowledge, skill and expression.