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Play is a term that is referenced frequently in our profession... Is it a concept that is fully understood and utilised as a strategy to drive the curriculum and our understanding of children? Is it a phrase that is used habitually rather than confidently, to inform and express our daily practice with children? 

This workshop is an opportunity to be immersed in the latest research, thinking and examples about a playful approach to children’s learning. Participants will walk away with deeper knowledge and understanding, but also a greater capacity to articulate confidently to parents, colleagues and their community about the critical nature of play.

“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.” O. Fred Donaldson (1993)


Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Define what you really mean when referencing play
  • Further develop your role in and alongside play as an educator/teacher, including listening, and intentional teaching
  • Build your repertoire and skills in questioning to invite and encourage playful inquiry
  • Plan for authentic playful encounters that provide opportunities for the development of skills and learning dispositions
  • Explore new ideas in how to design thoughtful environments, including spaces and materials to inspire and entice children’s engagement and learning
  • Build your capacity in documenting children’s play to design further learning opportunities. 
  • Critically reflect on your approach to play to transform your practice
  • Develop an understanding of what it means for children to be in a state of 'Flow' (Csíkszentmihályi - The psychology of the optimal experience) which impacts children's involvement and well-being 

Get ready to tap into your playful attitude for this workshop !