Jigsaw EYC Presents:

‘Exploring the POWER of Play’ Conference

Children’s Futures Matter


The day will include 5 workshops of which you can choose to attend 2. Please click on the workshop to see what each entails and then use the booking form below to select the 2 you would like to attend:

1) Promoting Early Years Practitioners Mental Health & Wellbeing

This workshop will focus on early years practitioners wellbeing – how healthy and happy are you?

Attend this session if you would like to raise your awareness and understanding of wellbeing and developing a mentally healthy culture within your workplace.

We are told one in four of us will experience mental health issues in the next twelve months so it is vitally important to ensure we raise awareness, support and normalise conversations around mental health and illness in the same way we do our physical health.

In this session we will cover:

  • Addressing stress
  • Self-care strategies
  • Mental health awareness
  • How to sign post for support
  • Taking care of your own health and wellbeing
  • Wellbeing in your setting
  • Create a mentally healthy and inclusive work place community
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Emotional literacy

2) Sensory Stories in the Early Years

Attend this session if you would like to: Sensory Stories tell a story using words and sensory stimuli which can be highly motivating and engaging for young learners. This workshop will give you the tools and strategies create your own sensory stories.

Whilst originally designed for children with SEN, specifically PMLD (Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities), Sensory Stories can be utilised in Early Years to encourage engagement with stories and text. Sensory stories can support turn taking and participation. Sensory stimulation supports memory and so sensory stories can help children to re-tell stories whilst the resources offer a series of prompts to remind the story teller of the sequence of the story. Plus they are really fun!

In this session we will cover:

  • Experience a Sensory Story
  • Key elements of sensory stories including structure and content
  • How to structure sensory stories and how to create your own from favourite texts
  • How to source and select appropriate sensory resources
  • How to engage children in developing sensory stories
  • You will leave with a format and plan to develop Sensory Stories

3) Boy’s Play Tuff!

A thought provoking training session to provide inspiration and an understanding of the many benefits and possibilities associated with ‘Tuff Tray Play’ and how these can support boys learning in the early years….

In this session Sally will share her ideas and will…

  • Talk through her own reflections surrounding the benefits of incorporating ‘Tuff Tray Play’ into the early years setting and the impact it can have on staff and children, with a focus on supporting boys play and learning.
  • Explore how boys play differently and discuss the challenges of supporting their chosen style of play.
  • Discuss the benefits of ‘tuff tray play’ and how we can support boy’s interests using this resource in the early years setting.
  • Consider what our role involves for supporting Tuff Tray Play as ‘Facilitators, Observers and Scaffolders’ and explore how this can impact on outcomes for boys.
  • Sally will also share a selection of ideas and activities for inspiration.

In this workshop you will have the opportunity to explore different resources and be challenged to think ‘outside of the box’. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions and get support from Sally and her team!

4) The Magic of Loose Parts Play

Topanga Smith from Roseville Consultancy

Attend this session if you would like to:

  • Delve deeper into loose parts play and how this type of play can inspire awe and wonder in young children.
  • Learn how the magic of loose parts can support creativity, imagination and critical thinking, and how you can facilitate this in your provision.

Statement about the reason behind the workshop:

In this session we will cover:

  • The value and benefits of loose parts play
  • The key principles of designing or enhancing a learning environment that facilitates open-ended play
  • Inspiration for providing enticing play experiences, including provocations and invitations that inspire awe and wonder.
  • Exploring your role in open-ended play and how you can be a ‘play ally’
  • Breaking down barriers to implementing loose parts play into your provision.
  • Hands on experimentation – exploring loose parts through the eyes of a child.

5) Denita Dinger