Playwork and the term Playworker are commonly used terms in the United Kingdom and in many parts of the world, and is rapidly spreading throughout North America. In the UK, Playworkers work with children and young people from 4-16 years in school-age programs, holiday programs, adventure playgrounds, on playbus’ and as play rangers. Playwork has evolved since post war Britain and is a profession in its own right. Although it shares some aspects of early and learning and child care, it has philosophies, principles, and practices unique to Playwork.
Play is seen as a process, not a product. Does that sound familiar? And one of the roles of a Playworker is to enrich the environment to provide ‘playable spaces’ for children, restoring play and lost experiences.
Playwork practice aligns very nicely with How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years. So if this excites you and you would like to find out more about Playwork, and how to include these practices within your program, please join the ECCDC’s Early Learning and Program Consultant Ginette Wilson for lively, engaging discussion and hands-on experiences.
During session one participants will have an opportunity to drive deeply into what play is for older children and the role of the adult within children’s play, thus supporting a move towards a child-led agenda. Participants will be introduced to the ‘Playwork Principles’ and the ‘Play Types’ as tools to support practice and playfulness.
*Registration fee includes all materials and nutrition break
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