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Loose parts – materials that are open-ended, easily moved about and repositioned, and can be used in a variety of different ways - offer children so many possibilities. Loose parts support children to bring things and ideas into their relationship with each other and to make connections. This webinar will focus particularly on loose parts as an invitation for children to collaborate – to work together, design, problem-solve, think creatively, test out ideas and theories, negotiate conflicts and revisit their thinking with others. It will explore the types of materials and environments we need to consider to support collaborative loose part play.

The Australian Professional Teaching Standards

Completing Loose Parts: An invitation to collaborate will contribute one hour of PD (NSW – NESA Elective PD) addressing:

Professional Knowledge
APST 1: Know children and how they learn

Professional Practice
APTS 3: Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
APST 4: Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments

Professional Engagement
APTS 6: Engage in professional learning

The webinar also aligns with:

The Early Years Learning Framework

EYLF – Practices
Planning and implementing learning through play
Intentional teaching
Creating physical and social learning environments that have a positive impact on children's learning

EYLF Learning Outcomes
Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity
Outcome 2: Children are connected and contribute to their world
Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

The National Quality Standard
QA1: Educational Program and Practice
QA2: Children's health and safety
QA3: Physical environment 
QA5: Relationships with children

For information regarding teacher registration and accreditation, contact the teacher registration board/institute in your state.