Course code: EAY/22/414/P

    A convergence of minds about the status of play 

    • is play being eroded from early childhood education? 
    • is our education system driven by outcomes and taking away the playfulness of learning?  
    • how can we ensure that play maintains its value in curriculum implementation in the EYFS?  

    Following the success of our national early years conference in March, the Herts for Learning Early Years team are delighted to welcome back some of our thought provoking and inspirational speakers to lead a discussion on the status of play in our Early Years.  

    “Play is critical because it helps children learn about themselves, the world and each other. While there is rhetoric about the importance of play, the implementation of it as part of the daily diet in schools and settings can sometimes fall short due to the pressures of balancing this with the expectations of our early education system.
    It would be naïve to think that we will aid children’s development with a focus on a structured approach to teaching alone, so how can you ensure there is a shared understanding about the importance of play as an integral approach to learning in your setting? “  

    Mireille MacRaild, Education Services Director - Early Years, Herts for Learning. 

    EYFS practitioners, teachers, leaders and managers wishing to become advocates for play are invited to join this lively and engaging online session and be part of the convergence of minds.  

    Our speakers will include 

    • Tamsin Grimmer, Early Years Consultant 
    • Greg Bottrill, Author and childhood advocate 
    • Ben Kingston Hughes, Managing Director of Inspired Children 
    • Shaddai Tembo, Lecturer, Doctoral student, Writer for Critical Early Years

    Delegates will be able to gain a greater understanding of the key issues around the debate on the importance of learning through play in the EYFS. They will have the opportunity to have their questions answered and hear practical suggestions and strategies for ensuring every practitioner, setting and school finds a balance that works for their children. 

    All sessions will be recorded to allow delegates, who are booked on to an event, watch some or all of the sessions for 28 days after the event, if they are unable to participate in some, or all, of the live event on the day. 

    To book 

    Existing HfL customers: Book hereFor new customers: Book here

    For further information or booking enquiries, please contact the Hfl Events team at or call 01438 544477

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