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Lacking In Confidence When It Comes To Providing Challenge In
Play? This Is The Course For You!



The Power of Play: How to ensure challenge and progression through play and practical

 Children need and deserve to learn through rich, varied and imaginative experiences, which
challenge their thinking, encourage the highest levels of motivation and engagement and enable
them to consistently demonstrate and develop the characteristics of effective learning. 
Child-initiated learning provides a well-researched and highly effective way of doing this. However
in order to ensure challenge and progression, the role of the adult is crucial in providing an
enabling environment and appropriate support for children as they access this. 
In this exciting course, I will guide delegates through how to provide all of the above. I'll highlight
numerous ways of improving progress in all areas of learning and development through tuning into
how children learn best, their passions and preoccupations, and providing resources and adult
interactions that support this. 
Examples of inspiring practice from early years classrooms and settings will be used to illustrate
rich and challenging play based experiences, indoors and out.

The course will cover:

  • Hear the evidence around the impact that play has on young children's learning
  • Learn the difference between intentional and responsive teaching, and the benefits of both
  • Consider the key role of the adult in sensitively supporting and extending children’s self-
    initiated play.
  • Explore how to develop the learning environment indoors and outdoors so that it maximises
    the potential for learning at the highest levels.
  • Leave feeling inspired and confident to support children’s learning through play


Target audience: Nursery and reception practitioners, EYs leaders, senior leaders, teaching assistants, subject leaders.

Dates:  Wednesday 19th October 2022

Times: 10am – 3pm

Individual ticket: £60 per delegate
Whole school/setting pass: £240 for up to 10 delegates in one school or setting to attend

Free to members of The Place to Learn, my online EYs professional
learning platform. 

Already a member of The Place to Learn? Registration steps will be sent to your email

About Me

33 years ago I started work as a pre-school assistant in Norfolk and went on to teach and lead in London schools. I worked as an early years advisor for Lewisham local authority in London and went on to strategically lead the service. I now work nationally and internationally as a trainer, conference speaker and consultant.

I’ve spent the majority of my career working with leaders and managers in schools and settings, providing them with the support and challenge needed to effectively lead and sustain improvements in play-based learning.

As well as supporting at local authority and leadership level, I spend a significant proportion of my time working directly with practitioners in schools, day-care and pre-schools. This hands-on, current experience is key to ensuring that I retain a deep understanding of the reality, challenges and rewards of working with young children and their families. My work involves sharing what I have learnt about play and the difference it can make to children’s outcomes, and helping schools and settings to ensure that children are enabled to learn in as joyful, inspiring and memorable ways as possible.

In response to Covid, I created an EYS online professional learning platform called ‘The Place to Learn’. This is a subscription-based service which provides excellent value, on demand access to my entire collection of training courses for whole teams. Specific modules or whole courses are also now available to purchase separately for both individuals and teams.

To find out more please go to or email [email protected]


  • Please note only people booked onto the sessions can attend and are permitted to view the recordings.
  • Pay by invoice is available for organisations only and not for individuals. Credit/Debit Card/Paypal is the preferred payment method.

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