In 2004, a part of the theatre festival “hellwach” was dedicated to the theatre for the very young. In 2005 the HELIOS Theater continued to examine theatre which seriously takes small spectators as recipients of art by organising “first steps” – an international symposium. Within this context the participants analysed the background of this theatre form and watched & discussed various productions of the kind.
In the following year HELIOS Theater became the German partner of the project „small size – the net“ (2006-2009). This network of seven European theatres was supported by the European Commission and was concerned with the diffusion of performing arts aimed at early childhood (0-6 years). Based on the successful work throughout the years, two follow-up projects were launched: „Small Size – Big Citizens“ (2009-2014) and "Small Size – Wide Eyes" (2014-2019). By now, the circle of theatres and partners had widened up to 17 theatres from 15 European countries.
Also in Germany this topic was increasingly argued: In 2006 the Children and Youth Theatre Centre of the Federal Republic of Germany launched a two-years project called “Theatre from the beginning!” In this context the HELIOS Theater is one of four locations at which productions are developed and cooperation of artists and children are accompanied scientifically.
In November 2007 a country wide conference took place in the theatre house in Hamm. Under the label “Art and creativity from the beginning” it was one of the first forums for discussions concerning the aesthetic education of small children which ranges from theatre to music and visual arts.
Two films concerning the subject "theatre for the very young" were published by HELIOS Theater:
a scientific research relating to the HELIOS production for the smallest "WOODBEAT" called "interplay in the experimental ground of children's theatre" and "Woolgathering", a short documentary which provides an insight into the rehearsal process of "Follow the Yarn".