Playful Pathways: Early Years Education through the Lens of Play

Date: 8:00-12:00(CST), Aug 31-Sept 1, 2024
Location: Shanghai
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Workshop Description:
Play is more than just fun; it is a fundamental aspect of a child's development. As an Early Years educators, understanding the significance of play and knowing how to create environments that foster it is crucial for supporting young learners' growth and development. This interactive workshop dives deep into the world of play, exploring its importance, its different facets, and practical strategies for setting up an environment that encourages meaningful play experiences.

Examining Our beliefs about Play
What do we believe with regard to how young children best learn. If we believe that
children are natural learners, and play is their primary mode of exploration and discovery
the idea that play is not just a break from learning; it is learning in action, where children construct knowledge, solve problems, and develop essential skills.
Then we put play at the forefront of everything we do.

Educators in this workshop will:

  • · Understand what play is
  • · Discover the research-backed reasons why play is vital for early childhood development.
  • · Explore effective ways to set up spaces to maximize play opportunities.
  • · Discuss the importance of open-ended materials in play
  • · Understand how play is “research in action” where children build theories, make sense of their world and construct new meaning.
  • · Reflect on your teaching practices and beliefs about play, and consider how to create a supportive play culture.
  • · Collaborate with fellow educators to brainstorm solutions and share best practices.

This workshop will be conducted in a highly interactive format, incorporating a blend of presentations, group discussions and practical engagements. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences and learn from one another, leaving with practical strategies and a renewed enthusiasm for promoting play in their Early Years classrooms.

Target Audience: This workshop is designed for Early Years educators working with children aged 3-6 years old.

Please Note: This workshop is not suitable for teachers of 2-3 year olds.

Unlock the potential of play in your Early Years classroom, aligning with our beliefs about how children learn, and empower your young learners to thrive in a playful and engaging environment.

Tania Lattanzio is an author and renowned international educator. Previously a teacher, coordinator, and manager with the International Baccalaureate, she is now Director of Innovative Global Education. Innovative Global Education has been established for over 10 years a nd in this time, Tania has worked as an educational consultant globally, in both local and international educational settings.
This role involves developing and conducting professional learning for teachers and leadership, modelling pedagogy in classrooms , and working intensively with teaching teams, through mentoring and coaching, to improve planning, teaching and assessment. A key focus of Tania's work is developing and designing conceptual curriculum for schools, this work involves conceptualising curri culum across subject areas and year levels. This also involves equipping teachers with ideas and strategies to ensure that learning has a conceptual focus.
An advocate of inquiry, she works with educators to provide students with an education that is purp oseful, meaningful, and relevant to their lives, where students have opportunities to be motivated and have agency and control of their learning. Tania has worked with schools and teachers from early childhood through to high school.

Registration Fee: USD400(2900RMB) per participant
Early Bird: USD360(2700RMB)per participant(before 30/06/2024)

Refund Policy:
• Refunds for the workshop may only be issued if cancelled by the Workshop leader(for reasons beyond her control) and we failed to find a suitable time for most of participants; or registered participant informs IES he/she is able to show up before 30/06/2024;
• If there is insufficient registration before 30/06/2024 the IES will inform participants of the cancellation and refund the actual paid registration fee only.