Play and Playwork Training

The Play and Playwork Training by Manchester Young Lives consists of 3 days of training – Play: The importance of the seemingly frivolous on Monday 13 November, 9.30am-2.30pm; Children’s play and Intervention on Monday 20 November, 9.30am-2.30pm; and Managing Risk in Play Provision on Monday 27 November, 9.30am-2.30pm.

Play: The importance of the seemingly frivolous
Who this is aimed at: An engaging and informative session specifically designed to support people who have responsibility for children and play including: Teachers, Child Care professionals, Playworkers, Youth workers, foster carers, social workers and parents.
What it’s about: This course provides and fun and engaging introduction the role and functions of play in childhood and child development. Looking at old established ideas and the new and emerging, the course focuses on well-being and resilience Perhaps most importantly the course encourages participants to recognise the value of child initiated play and provides them with the confidence to enable it.

The session is organised around a series of presentations, group work and interactive activities enabling participants to be fully engaged in a shared professional development experience.

Children’s play and Intervention
Who this is aimed at: If your Job includes working with playing children then you should be really thinking about how best to do that. Playworkers, Youth Workers and Early Years child care and education professional would all benefit from this course.
What it’s about: This course will explore the role and function of play in childhood and consider the adult role in the play process. Using a range of reflective and participative activities, the course enables participants to sensitively interrogate their practice, identifying challenges and uncertainties that arise in the play-intervention relationship.
Specifically, the session covers:
The play cycle and appropriate levels of intervention
Intervention modes for free play
Intervention methods for outcome oriented play
How to reflect, analyse and evaluate intervention

Managing Risk in Play Provision
Who this is aimed at: An engaging and informative course specifically designed to support people who have responsibility for children and play. This particular course design is specifically for Playworkers working in staffed play settings.
What it is about: This course aims to explore our attitudes and previous experiences towards risk in play as well as looking in detail at the benefits that children experience while playing with risk and uncertainty. It tackles head on the barriers that exist and causes us concern over allowing more risky play and will enable participants to adopt a Dynamic Risk Benefit approach to working with children and young people rather than the more commonly used Risk Assessment.
Specifically, the session covers:
How to develop the skills and understanding required to manage risk and uncertainty in a play-centric way
How to develop appropriate risk management policy and procedures
Information to effectively advocate for children’s opportunities to play with risk
How to use Dynamic Risk Benefit Analysis in place of Risk Assessments

To book a place, complete and return the attached booking form to Elaine Young, at: E.Young@manchesteryounglives.org.uk

For further information, contact 0788 003 3609

PLAY AND PLAYWORK TRAINING- Booking Form

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