Barriers to Play - Amanda Pick
As playworkers, we know that all children have a right to play and that inclusive play should be actively supported and promoted. Inclusive play is primarily about all children having equal access to participation in local play opportunities. It is important to remember that the principles of inclusion apply to children of all abilities, ages, ethnic and social backgrounds, as people’s perceptions can often focus on children with disabilities only. How can settings and play workers ensure they are inclusive, despite a range of barriers they may be facing. What are these barriers and how can we overcome them?
TIME: 9:30 - 11:00 LENGTH: 1.5 hours TARGET AUDIENCE: Play Explorer
How inclusive are we? - Ellen Delaney and Paula Madden
How inclusive are we? We may think that we are inclusive, but until an unidentified challenge comes along to test our knowledge and playwork practice can we be certain? We are going to explore a particular incident that we have faced during the last 12 months that has questioned our whole inclusive approach. This will be a head scratcher and a chance for different views to be taken into account. We'd also like to know your views and if you have experienced anything similar and how you may of handled it. All will be revealed at the session.
TIME: 11:30 - 13:00 LENGTH: 1.5 hours TARGET AUDIENCE: Play Explorer
Vulnerable Children - Lance Lathino and Joe Boakye-Yiadom
Vulnerable children! What does it mean to be a vulnerable child? Do you know who the vulnerable children in your setting are? Have you thought about the demographics in your area and at your setting? The Holiday Childcare Team at London Borough of Tower Hamlets has been supporting vulnerable children for a number of years and our work in this area is increasing. Come find out about the work the team is doing and how this could help your setting.
TIME: 13:45 - 15:15 LENGTH: 1.5 hours TARGET AUDIENCE: Play Explorer
Playwork and Disability- How can we be better? - Becky Willans
Come and join me for a (exciting as I can make it) whistle stop tour of playwork and disability. We shall take a brief look at disability and playwork historically through to the present day, with some legislation bits (nothing too heavy). We shall then consider how, as a profession, how we can move away from developmental targets and playing for outcomes, to a more relaxed and playwork approach for disabled children.
TIME: 15:30 - 17:00 LENGTH: 1.5 hours TARGET AUDIENCE: Play Explorer