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Throwing out the Plastic: Constructing an environment which supports the development of high quality creative play

Monday, 27 March, 2017
7.00 – 8.30pm (approximate times)
Lecture Room MR051, MacRobert Building, University of Aberdeen
Catriona Gill
Members: free; Non Members: £10.00; Students: £5.00 This must be prepaid at the time of booking. Cheques should be made payable to Early Education – Aberdeen Branch. Any queries and requests for invoices should be directed to the email address below. Please only reserve for definite applicants. If, for unforeseen circumstances, you need to cancel your place, notification would be appreciated. Please contact us by email at
How to book: 
Please return the tear-off slip in Downloads no later than Thursday 23rd March 2017 to: Caroline Scouller, Portlethen Primary School, Cookston Road, Portlethen, Aberdeenshire AB12 4PT or request a place via the email link.
Speaker Bios: 

Catriona Gill is currently Acting Head Teacher of Greengables Nursery School and Family Centre in Edinburgh. Catriona trained as a teacher in 2007/8 after having her family and quickly realised her passion for early years education. She completed the Froebel and Childhood Practice Certificate in 2013 and subsequently developed her own practice based upon Froebelian principles. Catriona is an active member of the Edinburgh Froebel Network and is involved in organising the annual Froebel Conference and other network events.

Catriona believes firmly in the power of practitioner enquiry both for personal and school development and has carried out several enquiry projects in a variety of settings. In 2016, she was awarded a Certificate of Professional Recognition in Professional Enquiry by the GTCS. Catriona is currently involved in a collaborative practitioner enquiry project being developed by the Edinburgh Froebel Network, which is looking at the development of literacy through play from a Froebelian perspective.

Catriona has delivered a number of courses for practitioners and teachers, including Developing Block Play and The Stages of Early Arithmetical Learning Approach to Numeracy. She has also presented seminars at a variety of conferences including the International Froebel Conference and the Scottish Learning Festival.

Catriona is currently interested in research around self-regulation and the development of executive functions.

Catriona has a Degree in Psychology, a Diploma in Person Centred Counselling and was a professional theatre director and wedding cake designer, before she became a teacher. She continues to nurture her belief that creativity and the ability to learn through play, is what makes us fully human.

Event type: 
Evening event
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