The Nursery World Debate: The power of play

Saturday, February 6, 2021 09:30 - 11:15

‘Children learn through play’ is a phrase that trips easily off our tongues in the early years, but to what extent do we understand play, grasp the significance of what we observe in children’s play and respond effectively to it?

As the revised EYFS beds down, we gather together play expert Dr Pete King of Swansea University and a panel of early years consultants to reflect on:

  • the importance of play
  • the play cycle, and
  • the aspects of early years best practice that we need to value and protect under the revised EYFS to ensure children can enjoy the kind of rich play opportunities that enable them to explore and thrive.
9:30 - 9:45 Coffee and welcome

9:45 - 10:30 Children’s play: at every stage

Dr Pete King outlines:
  • what play is and its importance in all aspects of childhood, including leaning, development and well-being
  • why practitioners’ starting point for engaging with children should be the child’s play cues, rather than any learning outcomes
  • his method of studying the process of children’s play – the Play Cycle Observation Method (PCOM) – and how it helps practitioners learn about play, support its various stages and become more reflective in their practice.
Dr Pete King, Senior Lecturer, and Programme Manager for the MA Developmental and Therapeutic Play, Swansea University

10:30 - 11:15 In response: play and practice

Our three early years consultants will comment on the threats to play under the revised EYFS and how to hold on to best practice in the early years:
  • Kathryn Solly will look at outdoor play and risk
  • Dr Stella Louis will comment on observation, assessment and planning
  • Dr Valerie Daniel will reflect on the adult role

Dr Valerie Daniel, Headteacher, Washwood Heath Nursery School and Children's Centre, Birmingham
Dr Stella Louis, Early Years Consultant, Author and Froebel Travelling Tutor
Kathryn Solly, Early Years Consultant and Author specialising in outdoor play

Early bird rate: £39 (+VAT) until Friday 10th December 2021 / Full rate: £55 (+VAT)

Dr Pete King, Programme Director for MA Developmental and Therapeutic Play, Swansea University

Dr Valerie Daniel, Headteacher, Washwood Heath Nursery School and Children's Centre, Birmingham

Dr Stella Louis, Early Years Consultant, Author and Froebel Travelling Tutor

Kathryn Solly, Early Years Consultant and Author specialising in outdoor play