RUNNYMEDE SOUTH CONFEDERATION Joint INSET DAY held on 29th January, 2010

MY FIRST TRAINING DAY WITH IMAGINARY LEAPS.

My first training day with Imaginary Leaps took me 191 miles down to Surrey for the Runnymede South Confederation Joint Inset Day- a group of 12 schools in the Surrey area who have been working together for the past few years to deliver services for children in line with the Governments agenda “Every Child Matters.”

The Grange and New Haw Junior Schools are co-located in Runnymeade and were joint hosts of the event.  A hot cup of tea was offered on arrival – good start!

My workshop was “Mrs Teapot’s Transformational Object Play” – a practical hands-on exploration of creative play for Early Years and I was thrilled with the response.  Much enjoyment was had “playing” with household objects, then turning them into puppets and communicating through them, followed by lots

Adults At Play

of  discussion with particular emphasis on how to put this play into practice, and how to gain confidence as an Early Years Practitioner.

As a performer, the art of “play” is at the core of all my work and the ability to look at the world with a childlike vision is second nature.  So, here is the crux – how to help Early Years Practitioners embrace “play.”  Runnymede was an excellent day and gave much food for thought for myself and the wonderful delegates that took part.  Pictured are “adults at play.”

Liz Fitzgerald-Taylor

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