10 September 2019

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The Power of Play

Power of play

How do you support children’s play?

Play is hugely important to a child’s developing brain and helps children to have a positive attitude to learning. It allows children to use their creativity, learn and practice new skills, investigate and see what works. Play helps children develop their confidence and build resilience to face future challenges.

Children’s experiences in their earliest years affect how their brains develops, the way they respond to stress, and their ability to form trusting relationships. During these years the brain undergoes its most dramatic growth, setting the stage for social and emotional development.

As early years practitioners you have a vital role in ensuring children are given the opportunity, space and time to experience high quality to play to support their all-round development.   

 Reflection questions

  • Do your practitioners understand how positive play experiences helps to build a healthy brain?
  • Do all staff understand the foundations of personal, social and emotional development?
  • Do your practitioners understand play types and play cues and their role in supporting children’s play?
  • Do your practitioner have the skills, confidence and enjoyment in facilitating daily movement opportunities for children?
  • Do you encourage creativity, spontaneity and play through using open ended resources?
  • Do you use super hero play to support children’s emotional wellbeing?

Herts for Learning are offering a conference in September that will help provide answers and good practice suggestions to these reflective questions

The Power of Play - ‘Igniting Children’s Imagination’

Friday 27 September at Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage

Come and join us for a fun packed day as we explore the power of play with Ben Kingston-Hughes.

Ben’s distinctive blend of humour, neuroscience and real-life practical experiences make his training invaluable for anyone working with children. Ben will lead us through a day of surprises as we learn how important play is in developing children’s brain architecture and promoting a positive attitude to learning.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to play and find their inner super hero.

Book your place on the Herts for Learning CPD Hub – cpd.hertsforlearning.co.uk

Refreshments and lunch included

By attending this conference, practitioners will:

  • fully understand the neuroscience behind play
  • recognise how play can strengthen secure attachments
  • increase their knowledge of play types and play cues
  • understand the power of the environment and open-ended resources
  • explore how they can support the spontaneous creativity of children

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