Webinar Recording: Why is child initiated play important?

This is a recording of a live webinar that we hosted and is available for a limited time only.

What is play? What are the stages and different types of play? When should adults get involved in child’s play? Why observe children at play?

In this informative webinar, Jenny will deepen your understanding of the value of play and support play experiences to improve outcomes for children. Play provides children with opportunities to engage in concrete and meaningful activities that enhance physical, language, social, and cognitive development thus it is intrinsic in their learning and development. Find out how to make this happen in your setting.

At the end, Jenny answers many questions about the different types of play, roleplay areas, and how to interact rather than interfere in practice. 

You will have access to this recorded webinar for 4 weeks (28 days) from purchase. It will provide you with a certificate of completion at the end of the course. Please note that each webinar is intended for individual use only.

Jenny McAllister
Jenny McAllister
Associate Trainer at Mindstretchers

About the instructor

Jenny is passionate about nature and children and studied a degree in Ecology and a PGDE in primary to gain the skills and knowledge to bring the two together. Jenny has worked as a primary school teacher, an outdoor learning teacher and has set up and managed an outdoor nursery. During this time she has continued to work on her professional development training in beach schools, becoming a John Muir Award leader and receiving Professional Recognition in outdoor learning from the GTCS. Volunteering for the Scottish Wildlife Trust she organised three award winning children's Wildlife Watch clubs. Education Scotland recognised the importance of outdoor learning and awarded Jenny the title of Scottish Teacher of the Year in 2013, the first non-classroom based teacher to win this award. In 2015 this was followed by an MBE for services to Education on the Queens New Year's Honours List. Jenny is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experiences with others and encouraging people to engage children with the natural environment.

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