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LOOSE PARTS PLAY for Early Childhood Educators

From playful scenarios to purposeful learning

Presented by Ann Grace and Cally Smith

This hands-on, interactive workshop provides educators with a practical introduction to developing and connecting ‘loose parts play’ to teaching and learning programs. Discover how planning time for children to play with ‘loose parts’ materials assists in creating a diverse collection of rich language and literacy resources. This event will enable educators to build on their understandings of advantages to embed ‘loose parts play’ into the curriculum to enable all children, including those from diverse backgrounds and special needs, to be engaged in learning through play.

Loose parts are small and large recycled materials, that can be easily collected to enable early childhood children to move and manipulate them, for both play and learning purposes. Loose parts play stimulates children’s imagination as well as promotes inventing, constructing and problem solving alongside the developmental processes of social, emotional and physical interaction. Loose parts play also enables the development of meaningful language in context.

The aims of this workshop are to:

  • build on understandings of the developmental needs and benefits of loose parts play,
  • experience loose parts play through ‘hands on’ activities;
  • link loose parts play with the Western Australian Curriculum, NQS and ELYF; and
  • develop the practical tools and skills for implementing and managing loose parts play in a variety of contexts including day care centres and primary schools.

NATIONAL QUALITY STANDARD QA3

3.1.1 Outdoor and indoor spaces, buildings, furniture, equipment, facilities and resources are suitable for their purpose

  • challenging elements of outdoor and indoor environments that allow for experiences that scaffold children’s learning and development and offer chances for appropriate risk taking
  • exploring, solving problems, creating, constructing and engaging in critical thinking in the learning environment

EYLF OUTCOME 4

Children are confident and involved learners - Materials and experiences that encourage perseverance, persistence, curiosity, problem solving.

About the Presenters

Cally Smith is a paediatric Occupational Therapist and speaker who specialises in working with educators and families. An engaging presenter, her area of expertise includes Sensory Processing strategies, play and working with children with Autism. Cally is currently completing her PhD in developing Play and Social skills for children with Autism.

Ann Grace has taught in Western Australian schools in Pre-primaries and in an Intensive English Centre. With more than 25 years of teaching experience, Ann is an advocate for play and its importance in the learning process. Ann’s business “Loose Parts in Carts” assists schools and early learning centres with implementing outdoor play experiences involving the concept of loose parts play.

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