We are increasingly hearing about the importance of play in childhood, but what do we really mean by ‘play’; where does it comes from and just WHY is it so important?
Our growing understanding of the developing brain is no longer just a topic for neuroscientists, and we now know that every human interaction a child experiences affects their brains.
Recent neuroscientific research is showing us that humans’ capacity for play has developed as an evolutionary tool, and that it is actually a crucial building block for healthy development.
Many Early Years professionals and educators instinctively know that limited opportunities for play is restricting children’s emotional, cognitive and neurological development, especially for children who have experienced few play opportunities or are somehow vulnerable.
We are now learning that there are whole areas of the brain dedicated to play, and that by tapping into the ‘Playful Brain’, we can hugely enhance children’s capacity for healthy development and learning.
Our conference is designed to give you the knowledge and confidence work WITH the brain’s strengths, by helping you understand;
- Jargon-free theory and accessible language to comprehend the neurology of the young brain
- How to tap into the brain’s play and curiosity circuits’
- How you can use play to adjust brain chemistry to enhance learning and wellbeing.
- Different, simple techniques and practical tools to ensure that you can implement what you learn at a practical level with the children you work with.
Ultimately you will learn, that even in a world ruled by health and safety, you can bring play into your daily practice to enhance the growth and development of every child that you work with.
NOTE - To keep costs down we are NOT providing lunch with this conference. Please bring a packed lunch or make use of the cafe nearby.
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