Introduction to Play
This course provides an overview of playwork research and practice regarding self-directed play. It shares both theory and practical ideas for resources and space set-up for play, as well as the adult role in enabling it to happen. This course is suited to practitioners working with children of a wide age range, from 2 years and up. The session involves a mix of presentations, hands-on activities and discussions.
The length is 2-3 hours depending on your needs. This course may be part of our annual training programme on a fixed date, but can be bought-in at other times. Please check our website for up-to-date information.
Training Provider Overview
Play Midlothian works to support children to flourish, though improving and increasing their opportunity to play. We focus on play because we know how much this benefits children’s health, wellbeing and development. It is important for their lives in the here and now as well as for their future life chances.
Our aims are to:
- Provide enriching opportunities for children to play in support of their health, wellbeing and development
- Build family, community and professional capacity to support play
- Advocate for play and inform and influence decision-making
We specialise in play, with expertise that supports other organisations though an annual conference and training programme and delivers best practice services for children. Play Midlothian is an experienced and trusted charity.
We have ten standard training courses to choose from. We run four to five of these courses per year, in Midlothian. Anyone, from any area, is welcome to book and a discount is provided for Play Midlothian members.
Additionally, organisations can buy-in any of our courses as in-house training, including from other local authority areas. These sessions can be tailored to your specific needs and interests.
Training Provider Contact Details
Play Midlothian’s experience of facilitating play opportunities throughout a wide range of service models is a strength of the organisation on which the training draws.
We ensure our courses are delivered by trainers with extensive knowledge of play and experience and skill in both playwork and training delivery. Our lead trainer is qualified to Masters level and is working on a PhD on outdoor play.
We regularly review and update the course content.
The training courses are carefully evaluated. We ask the delegates to assess their knowledge of the topic, and their skills and confidence to implement that knowledge, prior to the training. We ask delegates to score these again after the training. We also ask delegates to score the trainer’s delivery and the course overall, and to share their views on the most and least useful aspects of the course.
All results are compiled and reviewed for learning. All of our evaluation results demonstrate an increase in delegates’ knowledge, skills and confidence as a result of our training.
Complaints should be made in writing (which could be by email or post) to the Managing Director. Play Midlothian’s full Complaints and Compliments Policy is available on our website.