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Block play – a world of open-ended possibilities


Target audience: EYFS and Key Stage 1 Practitioners

Trainers: Chantal Talary and Amber Bossom

Amber is a qualified Early Years Educator with extensive experience of working with children aged 0-5. She has been key in raising the profile of block play for our younger children.

Chantal is a highly experienced, qualified teacher with a passion for block play. She has worked with a range of year groups in Key Stage 1 before concentrating on the Early Years supporting children 0-5 as well as their families and colleagues.

Both Amber and Chantal have undertaken projects in block play as part of their University of Edinburgh ‘Froebel in childhood practice’ course.

Brief course content

  • Understand how block play offers great open-ended challenges and stimulates children’s learning and development in all areas of the curriculum, particularly Mathematical Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language.
  • Discover the importance of the adult role in developing high quality block play, encouraging and supporting both individual and groups of children, capturing their learning and extending it.
  • There will also be an Q&A where you will have the opportunity to present your questions.

Expected outcomes

  • To become inspired by block play and the rich opportunities it offers for all children’s learning across the EYFS.
  • Develop understanding of how to embed block play in your continuous provision and how this links across your curriculum.
  • Understand and recognise the different stages of block play that you see in children’s play.

For any queries please contact us on 01483 566589 or email PA@guildfordnscc.surrey.sch.uk.

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