Play 4 Conference - Parts 2, 3 & 4

To be completed by: Thu 28 Apr 2016

Time: -Thu 28 Apr 2016 | Venue:

Six workshops & good practice support groups to support emotional & social well-being of primary school children

At each new Play 4 event you will be able to:

· Participate in two workshops (either am or pm)

· Enjoy a working lunch

· Network with practitioners from a wide range of settings

· Take part in good practice support groups

· Identify your strengths and areas for development

· Share common themes amongst the whole group

· Feed into future training plans that help you to better meet the emotional and social well-being needs of children


Part 2 - Thursday 9th June, Margret McMillan Towers, Princes Way BD1 1NN

- The practice of therapeutic play - Using the principles of play therapy and a range of creative mediums to support children’s self expression, a hands-on interactive session.

- Theraplay Techniques - Theraplay is based on attachment theory and supports adults and children to develop positive relationships through a wide range of focused playful tactile activities.

These workshop are ideal for anyone who works directly with children who have experienced some emotional difficulties. They will provide you with opportunities to try out some play therapy methods and language to support children you work with. Theraplay is a playful approach to engage children who are resistant to adult lead activities.


Part 3 - Tuesday 10th May, Victoria Hall, Hardings Rd, Keighley, BD21 3JN

- Therapeutic value of play – What is it about play and playwork that makes it therapeutic? A theoretical base with insights from practice.

- Play and the brain -  A brief look at how in order to develop healthily the brain needs to be stimulated by attentive adults and a rich environment.

These workshops are useful for anyone new to this area of work. They are a useful foundation to those wishing to progress onto Workforce Development Unit’s two day therapeutic play course or the one day attachment training.


Part 4—Wednesday 25th May, Margret McMillan Towers, Princes Way BD1 1NN

- Letting out the hurt stuff – Forest school as a space for being the victor and the vanquished. To whack, hit and pummel in the safety of play, knowing it’s not for real and no one will get hurt. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing for this interactive session.

- Why do children make weapons? – Every stage of mankind is expressed in children’s play, explore underpinning knowledge of recapitulative play that enables children to access earlier human evolutionary stages.

These sessions are for anyone who is working with children who are struggling to hold theiremotions in and for staff who are looking for ways to support children to express their frustrations without hurting themselves or others. These workshops will also help adults understand why children can appear to be aggressive in some aspects of their play.


These sessions are facilitated by Julie West, who is a Playworker, Play Therapist, Forest School Practitioner and is working towards Group Theraplay Specialist. Julie is Bradford Council’s Play and Playwork specialist, has taught on the Playwork Degree at Leeds Beckett University and has published work on child centred practice. Importantly, Julie brings a sense of fun into all of her training so you are sure to learn and enjoy these sessions.  



£10 per foster carer or adoptive parent

£20 per person for out-of-school settings or £60 for the whole team

£20 per person for voluntary sector organisations or individuals paying for themselves

£40 per person for PACT HR schools or £120 for 5 people

£50 per person for all other schools  or £150 for 5 people

Free to Bradford Council employees (Where your training budget is held centrally by Bradford Council)



Complete online booking form at: and go to parts 2, 3 or 4 depending on which date(s) you wish to attend.



Published: 28/04/2016
Audience: Playworkers in out-of-schools clubs & holiday care; Primary Schools staff - Learning Mentors, SE
Contact: Julie West

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