How will we play today?
The Falkirk early learning central team and Falkirk early years pedagogues are working to produce a series of posters to support families in providing a range of high quality play, playful and real life learning experiences for their children, at home.
The experiences described in each poster reflect many of the high quality experiences children regularly have the opportunity to access when attending Falkirk’s early learning and childcare settings. Each poster will provide key information about the experience and the learning it supports; offer tips and ideas or provide external links to these and offer advice about the adult role and high quality interactions during the experience.
Each poster will also have a blank space left on it to allow each setting to personalise it with your own ideas, in your own voice. Practitioners and teams are invited to use this blank space to share an example of what the experience looks like in their own setting- e.g. photo, link to a video, audio clip, etc. This will help to make a bridge between children’s learning at home and in the setting and help children to make connections in their learning.
Once they have personalised the poster, ELC teams should then decide how and when to share these with their families to support family learning through playful and real-life experiences.
On Fridays we will upload a batch of posters to our Glow page. Details of themes are within the Family Learning Posters overview sent to leadership teams earlier last week.
Falkirk Family Posters can be found in the Parental Engagement and Family learning section of the Falkirk Early Learning Glow Sharepoint
If you will be using Twitter to share the posters, please use hashtags: #FalkirkForFamilies #WeePlayFalkirk #PlayAtHome
Note: Once you have personalised your poster make sure you “export” this into PDF format so families can access the links to interesting videos, experiences and further information. To do this go to FILE-EXPORT-CREATE PDF.
I know many of you have been keenly awaiting the publication of the Loose Parts Toolkit 2019. Find it here https://www.inspiringscotland.org.uk/publication/loose-parts-play-toolkit-2019-edition/
I am especially pleased to be recommending the toolkit to you due to the emphasis in the document on the role of the adult, which is one of our big priorities this session. Chapter 3 is a must read.
I’d love to read your comments about the document and would be grateful for any advice /support for others you’d like to share. Read more
In Falkirk we can use this resource to support reflective practice and to challenge our thinking as to what makes effective learning environments for the promotion of creativity, curiosity and inquiry; and to identify next steps.
How to use this Learning and assessment resource to improve practice?
The resource can be used by individuals and groups of practitioners to support professional learning to develop understanding and support practice in relation to block play.
Links have been made throughout to theories of early learning that support the importance of block play. Links to further reading have been provided to deepen knowledge and understanding.
The resource outlines the different stages of block play and how this relates to children’s development and learning
Play Scotland have created a new toolkit
“Play is key to raising attainment”
Play Scotland Toolkit
Play Scotland’s Play Types Toolkit is for schools and education professionals, and others working with children in various settings.
Playing is an integral part of children’s day in many educational and childcare settings. Children play before the bell goes in the morning; at playtime and lunchtime; and after school ends. Increasingly, playing is part of class time across Scotland too. Falkirk Council staff an use this resource to help recognise the interconnections between playing, learning, growing, developing, being healthy and being happy.
Who is the Toolkit for?
The Play Types Toolkit is intended for schools and education professionals though we are sure people in other settings will also find it useful.
The aim is to highlight the range of types of play children experience, their vital contribution to learning and development, and to make integration of play into the curriculum simpler.
What do we mean by play types?
Play types can simply be described as the different behaviors we can see when children are playing.
This toolkit uses the play types from play theorist Bob Hughes’ Play Types – Speculations and Possibilities in which he explains that ‘each play type is both distinctly and subtly different from the others. It is useful to be able to recognise them since engaging in each one is a necessary conrollary for a child’s healthy development.’
Play is the Way Conference for Falkirk’s Practitioners – Saturday, 2 June
It was fantastic to see so many dedicated practitoners demonstrating their passion for developing play pedagogy across Falkirk.
The conference was planned to support practitioners in taking forward a developmentally appropriate approach with children at the early stages of their learning by offering insight into current thinking exemplifying emerging practice in high quality play -based learning.
Those who attended, heard from a range of inspirational speakers from both within and outwith the aurthority.
Use your Falkirk Glow account to access confernce presentations and infomation using the link below.
On December 5th 2017, we held our first Early Learning Leadership Forum in Camelon Education Centre. This event was the first of its kind in Falkirk and it was great to see managers from all of our different EYCC settings coming together to discuss delivering the ambition for all of Falkirk’s bairns.
Falkirk Council and our private partner employees can access the Powerpoint and handout materials on our early years Glow page http://tinyurl.com/y7yr939f (Please note, you will need your Glow login details to access these materials).
The Early Years Curriculum team are aware that many of Falkirk’s EYC settings have been or currently are focusing on developing their use loose parts as part of their provision. Inspiring Scotland have produced a toolkit which we would encourage practitioners within these settings to use to reflect on their provision of loose parts play. The Loose Parts Play toolkit was produced to support people working with children and young people across all age ranges and settings. It aims:
• To raise awareness of the value of loose parts to children’s play
• To provide practical guidance about loose parts play to those who work with children and young people of all ages
• To advocate the use of loose parts as an approach to developing play opportunities at home, school and in the community.
In Falkirk, we recognise that spending time outdoors and particularly in natural environments is good for all of us and especially for children. The Care Inspectorate have produced My World Outdoors with the aim of making a positive contribution to the further development of outdoor play as part of all early learning and childcare in Scotland. Falkirk Council expect all it’s early years and childcare centres and practitioners to be providing high quality experiences in the outdoors and to be using this resource to understand Care Inspectorate expectations regarding risk-benefit assessment processes. This resource should also be used to look outwards at the examples of good practice provided in this resource and to use these as a basis of reflection on the quality of outdoor play experiences practitioners provide in their own setting.
My World Outdoors