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Supporting children's play in the early years

What are the objectives of the course?
  • To understand what play is and what play is not
  • To understand why play is important
  • To develop confidence in understanding the adult role in play
  • To evaluate the provision for a range of types of play in the setting
  • To reflect on how to make play engaging for the children
What is the content of the course?

The activities during the training are varied and lively to give practitioners hands on, practical activities to keep them engaged and interested. They too will have a chance to play!! Experience of training a wide range of practitioners has shown this to be a highly effective way of developing practitioner understanding, confidence and skills and creating impact in a range of early years settings.
If training is delivered within a single early years setting, there is an opportunity for staff to work together to agree how to develop and support play in the setting (stay and play, school or early years setting). This is done through an action plan format.
If staff come from a range of settings, individual practitioners are encouraged to implement a development in their own practice e.g. develop a wider range of play opportunities, supporting children to play independently, reflet on the balance of outdoor and indoor play

What is the duration of the course?

This course can be delivered:
  • as a one day course
  • over two staff meetings, twlights or evenings (2 hours each)
  • over two Saturdays short courses

This course has been adapted in light of the planned changes to the Early Years Foundation Stage document in 2011 and 2012

If you are interested in this course for your setting or a group or a group of settings, please contact me


The team to begin with were very apprehensive, Anita was able to put them at ease and give them the confidence to actively contribute to the training. The team now cannot wait for the next session!

The training was at a level that suited all members, in the nursery setting using our own equipment plus extra resources from Anita. It was hands on and fun but making individuals think and taking it back into their practice. Staffs enthusiasm has resulted in targets being met long before dates set. This can be seen in the play environment and staff morale. Anita valued our achievements and helped us to identify future training needs. 

Play training has given the staff the confidence and knowledge in understanding the role of play in child development. This session was very practical using play equipment in all of the rooms so team members were able to use the information gained and put it straight into practice the next day. Using our environment and resources made it ‘real’ for our team members to understand.

Anita is very positive, she makes training fun ensuring that all team members are involved; this has really helped us with our team building. We look forward to future training

Gill Radburn and Aarti Patel, Teeny Tots Day Nursery, Highgate, Birmingham

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