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Track 8 – Ideas for your setting

Sometimes at a conference it is nice to do something practical so we have gathered together a number of stimulating and useful subjects which will provide for both your personal enjoyment and something you could take back to your setting and offer to the children
Book bindingCome and experiment with paper, glue, thread and needle and learn some book making techniques you can share in your play setting. I will share what I know about book making, from simple books made just from folds to more complex ones which are sewn. There’s no end to the possible creative uses for books; from comic strips and sketch books to creative writing, private diaries, photo albums and more.
Level: Getting started / Length: 1 hr / Time: 9:45 - 10:45
Child and infant basic life support, including chokingThis session will explore some of the reasons why children and infants may collapse before looking at how playworkers should perform basic resuscitation, including dealing with choking. This will be a practical session and participants will have the opportunity to practice on manikins, so that they leave feeling more confident should they ever have to do this in real life.
Level: Getting started / Length: 1 hr 30 mins / Time: 11:00 – 12:30
WhittlingLouise KennedyThis workshop will facilitate the craft of whittling. Whittling is an art and pastime using a knife to carve natural wood. It can be used for functional and artistic means.

Do come along to this workshop if you would like to learn some basic skills in using a knife to whittle, to discuss ways and ideas to take back to your setting or if you would like to whittle and reflect on other workshops you have attended!

The children regularly use knives at our setting, so we can discuss our approach to supporting them.

Whatever your reasons you are very welcome to come and whittle. If you have never used a knife before then this a great opportunity to come along and have a go.
Level: Getting started / Length: 1 hr / Time: 12:45 – 13:45
Making beautiful thingsSusie DaddSusie is the wonderful artist who makes this Conference look so brilliant.

We have asked her to do a workshop making trees and other beautiful things but she was out of the country when we went to press so we don’t know if she will be here this year.

Check the A3 visual timetable to see if she is on it.
Level: Getting started / Length: 1 hr / Time: 14:15 - 15:15
Using risk benefit analysis as a tool for playwork advocacy& Kerry O’ConnorLet’s start a fire!

A practical, interactive and cerebral workshop which will examine how we create arguments for children’s freedom.

This workshop is for all play practitioners (whether they use fire or not) and gives us an opportunity to question our own responses to children. Do our fears stop children from doing what they are compelled to? Do we create rules too readily because we’re concerned about the views of families and colleagues? What does it look like when 8 children are brandishing burning sticks? How does this make us feel and react?

Thinking about the things we may have seen children do around fires and what we believe some of the benefits are, we will tackle a comprehensive risk/benefit assessment of this integral play activity, and will talk about how this document can help us advocate for all types of risky play.

All this and building a fire too!
Level: Getting started / Length: 1 hr 30 mins / Time: 15:30 - 17:00
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