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More Playwork Theory

As if the offerings on Tuesday were not enough the Wednesday programme gives and stretches yet more!


28) Curiosity & Inquiry

Bridget Handscomb & John Fitzpatrick

This workshop will look at the experiences of a playwork team in their attempts to deepen their understandings of children's play and playwork. It is a participatory session involving small and large group discussion. We will share examples of our approaches to reflection and some of the understandings we have developed. There will be opportunity for participants to share stories, examine current practice and explore ways of continuing to question and learn.

Time: 9:30 - 10:30 Length: 1 Hour Aimed at: For Anyone

Relevant to Playwork Principle 7


29) Children's narratives while they play

Mick Conway

Children endlessly create and tell themselves stories while they play.  But there is very little in play or playwork theory about what must be a very important domain of play behaviours, given that children engage in it so much.

In this session Mick will look at the role of narratives in adult and childhood story-making and share real-life examples of how carefully listening and responding to children’s play narratives deepen our understanding as playworkers, and with luck provide enriched possibilities for children to extend their play.

Time: 10:45 - 11:45 Length: 1 Hour Aimed at: Wanting more

Relevant to Playwork Principle 1

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