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Treasure Baskets and Heuristic Play: Their influence on early years’ pedagogy and practice

We would be forgiven for thinking that treasure basket and heuristic play is aimed solely at babies and infants. These valuable experiences do begin in the earliest years, but the concepts and principles behind them connect and link to all areas of the early years’ foundation stage. From the mud kitchen to imaginative play, from risky building and construction to transient art, treasure basket and heuristic play is where it all begins!   This Saturday seminar will cover:
  • a brief history of treasure basket and heuristic play - what each looks like in
  • practice
  • the concepts and principles behind this type of play and links to the EYFS (2017)
  • an exploration of the differences between regular toys and natural objects
  • a chance to be creative and inventive using open-ended materials and objects
  • from the baby room to the reception class, ideas and inspiration to develop
  • practice further!
Saturday, 16 June, 2018
10am - 12noon
University of Cumbria
Anni McTavish
£10 non-members; £5 for Early Education members; FREE for students
How to book: 
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Speaker Bios: 
Anni began working with young children in a parent-run cooperative playgroup in the late 1980s. She went on to become the Head teacher, and since then has worked across the UK and Europe as a trainer, presenter, consultant and writer. Her background in the arts, education and humanistic psychotherapy gives her a unique perspective, and her approach is to inspire, inform and help practitioners identify strengths as well as areas they wish to develop. Anni works on a wide range of different ventures, including the successful Creative Thinking and Learning Project. The project booklet is available as a free download from the East London Early Years and Schools Partnership.
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