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Track 2 – Playwork theory

It could be considered that there are 4/5 theoretical thinking and approaches that all playworkers should understand. A theory that just stands on its own does not always help improve your playwork practice. In this track we look at the playwork theories, learn about them and see how to use them in day to day work.

Room 2
Intro to playwork theoriesNot encountered the term “playwork theory” before?

I am going to take you on a very fast flyby of each of the main theories used by playworkers in provisions, underpinned by the playwork principles. This session will set you up well for the day and help you decide which playwork theories you want to go on and know more about
Level: Getting started / Length: 1 hr / Time: 9:30 - 10:30
Intro to the play cycle: application in practiceThe Playwork Principles talk about the ‘play process’.

Together we will explore what this may mean in terms of our understanding of children’s play and our responses towards it. This is an introductory and brief overview of the basic components known as the play cycle.

This will be a playful journey of understanding filled with moments of mirth and some brain food!
Level: Getting started / Length: 1 hr / Time: 10:45 - 11:45
Supporting Creativity: that’s what loose parts are forSupporting Creativity: that’s what loose parts are really for . . .

You may or may not know the term loose parts. You might have heard it mentioned in some corridor or at an event (such as a conference!!). But what do you understand it to mean?

We will start the session discussing what we understand the term loose parts to mean and where it might be applied. There will be an opportunity to reflect on whether you use this concept in your play setting or elsewhere in life.

The plan is that there will also be time to play with loose parts a bit as well. . . .
Level: Getting started / Length: 1 hr / Time: 12:15 - 13:15
Advanced play types – play type complexitiesYou are already familiar with the play types and have some degree of confidence with discussing and explaining each of the 16. However play types are not a check list and it will be good to gain a greater understanding of children’s intricate behavioural routines. We will look at some more of the theory behind play types, consider amalgamated play types, merging play types and further play type complexities.
Level: Give me more! Length: 1 hr / Time: 13:30 - 14:30
Colorado II - Advanced PsycholudicsYou’ve read the Colorado Paper; you know about the Play Cycle (Sturrock and Else 1998) and you have some questions or want to know more.

Recent discussions, particularly about the argument for playwork, have led to resurgence in interest about psycholudic terminology, and the varied roles of the playworker.

This session will be led by questions from the participants but should be dialogue about:

Psycholudic terms

Psycholudic meaning

Psycholudic behaviour

Explaining in part how the model has been used since 1998 and how it has been adopted by others and by the author, linking it to the Integral Play Framework (Else 1999, 2009).
Level: Give me more! / Length: 1 hr / Time: 14:45 - 15:45
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