This track will take place on Wednesday
Parental Guidance - Penny Wilson
TIME: 9:30-10:30 LENGTH: 1 hour
Developing cultural identity on an adventure playground - Libby Truscott
Drawing on the work of Post-Colonial scholars, this session will look at how cultural identity can be, explored, played with and formed through Playwork. Looking through the lense of an Adventure Playground, we will explore how we can support children and young people to develop their own sense of identity while navigating the difficulties of culture, racism and oppression.
Do you really not believe in fairies? - Dr. Sylwyn Guilbaud
What happens if we reverse the incredulity with which an adults’ belief in fairies is often met? And ask instead, how can we be certain that fairies do not exist, and
further to that what or who’s purpose does such certainty serve?
In this hour I will share little pockets-full of personal experience of listening to the elemental beings, I will read some beautiful snippets of stories and poems and I will mix in some philosophical musings. My hope is to offer a whimsical hour of exploration which may cultivate your sense of uncertainty and thereby nourish your inner playworker.
Play in hospital - Nicky Everett
Play is an important aspect of childhood, and it becomes even more crucial in a hospital setting. When children are in hospital, they often feel scared, overwhelmed, and
out of control. Play provides a way for them to cope with their experiences and to feel more in control of their environment.
Play is not just a fun activity for children in hospital, but it is also an essential tool for their well-being. With the help of health play specialists, play can help children to cope with their experiences during this time.
This session will discuss the role of play in a hospital and why this is so important for all children, there will be reflections from practice throughout the session