Our Training Programme

We run an annual programme of training to help those working with children improve and increase play opportunities and to meet CPD requirements.

2017/18 Programme

  • All training will be held at Newbattle Community Centre, Newtongrange, EH22 4RT
  • Spaces are £25 for members (or £20 if booking 3 or more staff) and £50 for non-members
  • A booking form can be downloaded from the right side of this page or call 0131 663 2243 to request one

Introduction to Free Play

Thursday 2nd November 2017 (6.15pm until 8.30pm)

This course provides an overview of current research and practice regarding free play. It shares both theory and practical ideas for resources and space set-up for play, as well as the adult role in enabling it to happen. This course will be suited to practitioners working with children aged from 2 years. The training involves a mix of presentations, hands-on activities and discussions.

Playwork Intervention Approaches

Tuesday 5th December 2017 (6.15pm until 8.30pm)

This course will cover playwork intervention styles – approaches that adults can use to facilitate play and to work with individual and group dynamics. The training will draw on playwork theory and practice, and particularly focus on children aged 5 and up, although there will be some elements of benefit to other sectors and age groups. The content includes a mix of presentations and group discussions.

Loose Parts Play – An Introduction

Thursday 18th January 2018 (6.15pm until 8.30pm)

This training session introduces the concept of ‘Loose Parts Play’ and explores the benefits this offers children in their play setting. Participants will have the opportunity to explore both theory relating to loose parts play and the various resources that can be used. This course is suitable for practitioners working with children of all ages, including babies and older children.

Engaging Children in Developing your Services

Tuesday 27th February 2018 (6.15pm until 8.30pm)

The session is primarily aimed at those working with children aged 5-12 though elements will be relevant to younger age groups. Through presentations and group discussions, this training session introduces:

  • Ways of thinking about engaging children in development
  • Principles and values of engaging children
  • Practical ideas for consulting children
  • Tips and techniques

Developing a Play Policy

Thursday 22nd March 2018 (6.15pm until 8.30pm)

This training session on writing an organisational play policy will cover:

  • What a play policy is and why you might benefit from having one
  • Process and methods of developing a play policy
  • Possible content for the play policy

At the session, participants will begin some work on pulling together their own draft content, and will develop plans for how to progress the policy. This session is relevant to anyone working anywhere children play.

Training courses options

Organisations can also buy in Play Midlothian training courses as in-house training, if the timing of a course does not suit or you have more staff to train than can be accommodated. This is available throughout Scotland. Please contact us for a price.

We have the following courses available to buy in:

  • Introduction to free play
  • Introduction to outdoor play
  • Loose parts play – an introduction
  • Engaging children in developing your services
  • Creating inclusive play opportunities
  • Inclusive play resources workshop
  • Developing a play policy
  • Playwork intervention approaches
  • Risk and play