Play: The foundation for lifelong learning inside and out

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Is play a superpower? Explore the value of games and outdoor play for young children and those who care for them at this FREE event.

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The V&A Museum of Childhood and Keeping Early Years Unique (KEYU) are proud to present 'Play: The foundation for lifelong learning inside and out', for EYFS professionals, museum professionals, parents and carers.

This FREE event, delivered by Kathryn Solly and Elaine Bennett, also offers the opportunity to explore the unique collections in the galleries of the V&A Museum of Childhood.

'Fun and games in the Early Years'

Elaine Bennett will explore the powerful role of playing games for young children (and those who care for them). In an age when our children are playing more and more tech-based games, this is a chance to think about what such experiences might not be offering our children. We will be exploring how we can recapture some of those essential playful experiences that were part of our own childhoods, how we can build on them in the 21st century and why they matter more than ever.

Lots of simple, practical and fun ways to engage young brains - and yours too!

Elaine Bennett is an experienced EYFS and KS1 practitioner, currently teaching in Southend, Essex. She has also worked as an EYFS advisor for Southend-on-Sea local authority. Elaine is passionate about the power of play for all children as a vehicle for learning and holistic development. She is the founder member of Keeping Early Years Unique, a grassroots movement campaigning to keep play and children's unique development at the very heart of early years experiences for each and every child.

'Fostering play outside'

Kathryn Solly's session, richly illustrated with video and photographs, will explore the numerous benefits and possibilities that children gain from playing outdoors. The session will emphasise how the outdoors connects to children's fascination with and interest in the world around them, motivates a desire to discover more, provides natural challenge and crucial experiences of risk and adventure, as well supporting a wide range of wellbeing, health and cognitive benefits. You will be drawn into the world of the child, to see things and experiences they need to flourish throughout their lives.

Come and explore play with us!

Kathryn Solly started life as a secondary school teacher in Papua New Guinea on Voluntary Service Overseas for two years, and since then she has taught across all phases of education - including an Albanian kindergarten! She realised that if she was to really make a difference she had to retrain to teach in the early years. She became the headteacher of Chelsea Open Air Nursery School and Children's Centre for 17 years, where she developed an inclusive and high achieving learning community in cosmopolitan Chelsea, building on the creative quality play and learning inside and out started by COA's founder Dr Susan Isaacs. Kathryn's whole career has been focused on play and learning outdoors from birth onwards. She is the author of 'Adventure, risk and challenge in the early years' (Routledge) and the upcoming 'Leading learning outdoors from birth to seven'. Today Kathryn concentrates on specialist early years consulting, training and authorship across the whole sector. She is vice-chair of the Early Childhood Forum, a Froebel Trust Travelling Trainer, Early Education Associate and an administrative member of KEYU.

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