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Play Thoughts

Extending our thinking about play with key sessions looking and thinking about play from different perspectives.

 

1) Korczak’s children’s rights on risk-taking in play

Martin van Rooijen

The purpose of this session is to provide insight in the children's rights the Polish pedagogue Janusz Korczak has formulated by connecting those to the Right to Play, especially towards the balance between risk and safety in children’s play. In my PhD research I am investigating influencing factors on professional attitudes towards children’s risk-taking in play. Korczak articulated the right of a child to his own death. This is not to take literally, Korczak state adult’s perception of risk in play may be based on fear, and sometimes they see dangers that are not there. We will discuss dilemmas on facilitating children’s risk-taking in play and how children’s rights and pedagogy can give us a foundation for our daily practice.

Time: 9:30 - 11:00 Length: 1 Hour 30 Minutes Aimed at: For Anyone

Relevant to Playwork Principle 8

adult's role in enhancing children's risk-competence

2) Why playworkers need play therapy

Meynell  

In a session with two foci, we not only look at the therapeutic nature of play and the value of knowing play therapy but also tackle the problem of where does the playworker go for their own therapy.

Time: 11:15 - 12:45 Length: 1 Hour Aimed at: Getting there

Relevant to Playwork Principle 6

Whilst this session realtes to all the Principles it can be argued that the knowledge and understanding we are going to be discussing is very much about the responses to the child at play

3) A counter intuitive journey into the unimagined

Bob Hughes

For beginners only please. Bob is going to be taking you on a journey into the unknown looking at children's play in a way that means you might think differntly about it by the end of the session.

Building on a lifetimes work that has looked at Play Types and Evolutionary Playwork you will be engaging with fundamental approaches.

The content of this session is aimed at those new [ish] to the playwork sector

Time: 13:30 - 15:00 Length: 1 Hour 30 Minutes Aimed at: Just in

Relevant to Playwork Principle 2

But really all of them

4) Playtheism

Jacky Kilvington

Time: 15:30 - 16:30 Length: 1 hpur Aimed at: Getting there

Relevant to Playwork Principle

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