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February 2019

Playful Contexts to Promote the Imagination

February 25 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Experiential Play Training Centre, Unit S12, Flemington House, 110 Flemington Street
Glasgow, G21 4BF United Kingdom
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Let's be Imagineers - Day Two with Marie Richardson “Imagination - action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses, the ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful.” Every child’s imagination is captured by an exciting image, story or situation. Setting up ‘zones’ for learning which stimulate children’s thinking and engagement helps children make sense of the learning they are involved in. It could be a role play space or…

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March 2019

Using Schema to Nurture Children’s Feelings of Wellbeing

March 18 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Emotional Connection and Wellbeing - Day Two with Marie Richardson As an adult involved in sharing playful learning opportunities with children, we often look to extend and enrich our knowledge and understanding of play. We are always eager to consider more fully how children develop and learn. Do we revisit theory we are familiar with; do we explore it fully enough? Do we look for our next steps to scaffolding children’s play? There has been so much research and many…

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Nurturing our Children, The Science behind the Child

March 25 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Creating Nurturing Environments - Day One with Alice Sharp Every child is unique, each one different with the potential to be nurtured, cared for, to be supported and championed. Life can be challenging and may include many stressful situations. Children can sometimes feel overwhelmed by different things at different times such as changes to routine, environment, relationships. Spending time in a group situation rather than on a one to one could be one of these stressors. It is vital then…

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Creativity, the Fuel of Development

March 26 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Curiosity, Creativity and Critical Thinking - Day Two with Alice Sharp This day is centred around the work and thinking of Bruce Perry. He considers the traits of creativity to be: Sensitivity to Problems; Fluency of thinking; Flexibility of thinking; Originality; Redefinition; Elaboration; Tolerance of ambiguity; Commitment and Risk taking. How do we the ‘leaders’, ‘partners’ or ‘players’ in the learning experience help shape the thinking of our children? How do we support these traits of creativity? This day will…

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April 2019

Nurturing Children through Play

April 29 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Creating Nurturing Environments - Day Two with Marie Richardson Can we have effective learning without every child having a sense of being nurtured? 'Children who've grown up without nurture may often lack any sense that they can be something other than what they are.' Glasgow Centre for Population Health published a briefing paper in 2014 on Nurture Corners in Nurseries. Since then the need for Nurture has developed across Scotland to become a National Need for Nurture throughout services, not…

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May 2019

Helicopter Stories for Emotional Well-being in Early Years with Moyra Boland

May 21 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Children are enthralled with stories and love to engage in the emotional ups and downs of characters, using this engagement to explore their own world and their own emotions. Helicopter Stories support children to create their own stories and bring them to life in a safe and secure environment. Helicopter Stories allows the practitioner to be at the heart of the story with the children and scaffold their understanding of who they are, how they feel and how they live…

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June 2019

Developing literacy through creative role play with Moyra Boland

June 10 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Through play children take on a wide variety of roles, using play to make sense of the world around them and test out what they know and understand. Practitioner’s ability to support creative role play and understand the ways in which they can support children and extend their use of role play is a critical tool in developing literacy in early years. The language of role play is rich and varied, the possibilities of who a child can be within…

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