Most weeks I do a lot of talking about play, but this week has been particularly play focussed.
I have been working on the final edits for my next book 365 Days of Play which is due out next month. This is a really different style of book for me. It is a collection of thoughts, quotes, facts and ideas all about play. It has been a pleasure to research and collate – an altogether more ‘playfu’l experience than the usual writing and editing process that goes into creating a book!
On Thursday I had the pleasure of talking to Gill Jones, one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors and Ofsted’s Deputy Director of Early Education, all about the new inspection framework, a curriculum for the Early Years and her thoughts on the importance of play in our Early Years settings. I also filmed our chat, so once I have edited the footage I will share what we discussed.
I ended my week with some really interesting and exciting discussions about a possible intergenrational play project that will have long term benefits for older adults and children alike. I will share more news about that when I have some!
Whilst I filled my week thinking and talking about the importance of play, I know that lots of Early Years practitioners are fighting against expectations and directives that limit the amount of opportunity that they feel they can give children to play. This is something that needs to change!
To end this blog post I am going to share a video all about play from International Play Iceland. They are a non profit organisation that is working with childcare practitioners from all over the globe to join forces and change the way that children are educated once and for all.
In the video you will hear from play advocates like Tom Shea, Teacher Tom (Hobson), Niki Buchan, Mine Conkbayir and many more.
It lasts for 20 minutes and is well worth the watch. So, grab yourself a cup of tea, sit down and have a mini play reboot!
For more information about the work of International Play Iceland, you can click here.
Have a great weekend,