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Preparing to Work in Home based childcare Module 6 - Understanding the value of play in promoting children’s learning and development (Cancelled)

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Event/course Code SFVSS 18/190
Event/course type Workshop
Event Introduction Why is play important? Do you know how to play? Do you encourage play?

We all know that encouraging play can only be a good thing, but how do you as a childcare practitioner achieve a good balance of child-initiated and adult-led activities? Play is an integral part of early years education. In excellent play encounters, practitioners are thinking critically and carefully about physical behaviours, the language they used and the environments they create. This course will explore the innate drive for play, the need for children to play. Facilitators on the course will challenge delegates to think about how we as childcare practitioners can provide good quality play experiences in our settings.

This course (a module from the Cache Level 3 ‘Preparing to Work in Homebased Childcare’ course) is aimed at those about to embark on a home based childcare career, as well as those working as a home based childcarer wanting to refresh their knowledge. It is also suitable for any childcare practitioner wanting to enhance their understanding of the importance and value of play
Event Content There is no doubt about it, this course will be interactive! The workshop is designed to enable participants to discuss and share good practice and knowledge with colleagues working within childcare and those just about to embark on their career. Delegates will be encouraged to be reflective on their role in supporting children’s play. Ensuring that they provide children with time, space and appropriate resources that enable children to take risks, develop their imagination, problem solve and test new ideas and skills.

The session will explore the value and benefit of good quality play experiences on children’s learning and development in relation to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Research over the last 10 years has really highlighted the value of play on a child's development. ‘Through play, children develop language skills, their emotions and creativity, social and intellectual skills. For most children their play is natural and spontaneous although some children may need extra help from adults. Play takes place indoors and outdoors and it is in these different environments that children explore and discover their immediate world’ (Early Years Matters, 2018). Which is why this course is vitally important for those working in the sector.

Preparing To Work in Home-Based Childcare is comprised of 8 sessions and other sessions will be available to delegates who wish to extend or refresh their knowledge.

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Event Learning Outcomes This course is suitable for entry level as well as a refresher for existing providers, set at level 3. By the end of the course delegates will be confident in:

• Identifying the key elements of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child that directly relate to play.
• Assessing their own practice
• Balancing child-initiated and adult-led play activities in their own setting.
• Identifying key adaptations to ensure the play activities they provide meet the needs of children with disabilities or special educational needs
Trainers Barbara Morton / Helen Swan
Course categories Practitioner Processes (recording, analysing, reporting)
Age Ranges
0 - 5 yrs No 5 - 7 yrs Yes 7 - 11 yrs Yes 11 - 19 yrs Yes 19 yrs Yes 
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SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueMap
Session 1Wednesday 6 November 201918:30 - 21:30King Charles Centre Surbiton, Hollyfield Road, KT5 9AL