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The Power of Play: How to ensure challenge and progression through play and practical experience

Children need and deserve to learn through rich, varied and imaginative experiences, which extend their thinking, encourage the highest levels of motivation and engagement, and enable them to consistently demonstrate and develop characteristics of effective learning. Child initiated learning provides a well-researched and highly effective way of doing this. However in order to ensure challenge and progression, the role of the adult is crucial in providing an enabling environment and appropriate support for children as they access this.

Kym Scott, co-author of the best-selling book on learning environments ‘A Place to Learn’, will guide participants through how to provide all of the above during this exciting course. She will highlight numerous ways of supporting progress in all areas of learning and development, through tuning into how children learn best, their passions and preoccupations and providing resources and adult interactions that support this.

Examples of inspiring practice from early years classrooms and settings will be used to illustrate rich and challenging play based experiences, indoors and out.

The course will:

-          Share research around the characteristics of learning and the key role of play within these.

-          Consider the key role of the adult in sensitively supporting children’s self- initiated play

-          Give delegates numerous ideas to take away for exciting and challenging play based experiences that can be cheaply and easily implemented in practice.

-          Explore how to develop the learning environment indoors and outdoors so that it maximises the potential for learning at the highest levels.

Target audience: Teaching assistants, HLTAs, NQTs, Nursery and Reception teachers, EYFS leaders, English Subject Leaders, Senior Management, Education Consultants, staff working in settings.

Trainer: Kym Scott

To book this course, please complete our booking enquiry form

Topic: 
Child-initiated play and learning
Learning through Play