Play Up!
Play Up!


Understanding the play and behaviours of older children. 

A 5 hour level 3 training course for those working with over 8's to develop an understanding of older children's behaviour and how to support their play needs in their settings.

Based on the Playwork Principles and with reference to current theory and inclusive practice this course will explore the importance of play for all children and how adults can support play opportunities for the children they support and work with.

Delivered over one day or 2 x 2.5 days or evenings.

Four sessions:

  1. Play Theory
  2. Rites of Passage
  3. Is it Playing Up?
  4. Reflection 

Course content includes:

  • Playwork Principle 1& 2
  • Developmental milestones
  • Compound Flexibility
  • Needs & preferences
  • Risk & challenge
  • Play environments
  • Loose Parts theory
  • The play cycle
  • Adult intervention
  • Building relationships
  • Reflective practice

 Delivered by our expert trainers and course creators Karen Benjamin and Ali Wood.

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