International child care expert welcomed

12 July, 2013Posted in: Community, Events

Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Children’s Services team are excited to be hosting an international expert on children’s play, Marc Armitage for a full day Workshop on Sunday 14 July.

Marc Armitage is an independent, UK based consultant, researcher and writer in children’s play and the wider social world of children and young people. He is in high demand to teach and lecture on an international scale as being one of the leading experts of play in the United Kingdom.

“If we want to understand children and their wider social lives we need to know and understand what they do in those places and those times in which they have complete control over their own choices,” says Marc Armitage. “The thing they do more than any other when adults are not watching …is play!”

Council’s Children’s Services team have secured a booking for Marc to present to Early Childhood staff and interested community members from 9:30am to 3:30pm on Sunday 14 July at the East Bowral Community Centre on Boardman Road.

The full day workshop will introduce “The Do Approach” as a way of working based on a research and observation led exploration of what and how children play naturally and without adult involvement. How this knowledge can then be applied to our way as a form of ‘best practice’ will tie in the teachings for the day, with a focus on the importance of observation and unpacking the phrase ‘learning through play’.

Not only is this an exciting and informative opportunity for staff and educators of children and young people, but also for the wider Early Childhood industry across the Shire.

The full day workshop is $157 and includes lunch and refreshments. Numbers are limited. Bookings are essential and can be made through Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Children’s Services team on phone (02) 4861 2866.