Playspaces® offer a contemporary perspective on how attachment theory can be integrated into early childhood practice. Playspaces® are used at the busiest times – the transitions to and from childcare – to make these times the stillest, so everyone can feel welcomed, seen and not overwhelmed.

The idea behind Playspaces® is to support educators to be still, so they have (1) more chance to experience how the children use them for relationship support and (2) more capacity to be predictable and emotionally available.

Through animation, video footage and interviews with educators and parents, educators see what Playspaces® are, how they have come about, and what they look like when they are working well.

Playspaces®Learning is offered face-to-face or blended (both face-to-face and online).

 

Training format for individual educators from varying centres

Playspace®Learning is a 4-day training (or twenty hours). Educators learn the Playspace®structure and the transition routines on Days 1 and 2. They return to their centres and recruit a family with whom to practice the transition routines. After a period of practicing being still and implementing the transition routines (usually 4 weeks) they film some of what they have been practicing and bring this footage to Days 3 and 4. These two days consist of experiential learning through video-review. At completion of their training, educators are registered as certified practitioners in Playspace®Learning.

Cost:
$700 per person for the 4 days


 

Training format for one centre

We also offer Playspace®Learning for a whole service where the training takes place at the service. All educators within the service attend two days of foundational learning (10 hours). These foundational days can be split (Day 1 then one to two weeks later Day 2). After this, six educators from the service undertake the experiential learning component (10 hours). Each of the six will recruit a family with whom to practice the transition routines. After a period of practicing being still and implementing the transition routines (usually 4 weeks) they film some of what they have been practicing and bring this footage for review.

The ten hours of experiential learning can consist of ten online sessions (10 hours); or one day at the service face-to-face (5 hours) and 5 sessions (5 hours) on-line.  The six educators become certified practitioners in Playspace®Learning and are equipped to take a lead role to support their colleagues to implement Playspace® in their rooms.

Cost to Service:
$5,800 (when experiential learning is conducted on-line).
$6,900 (when experiential learning is combined (5 hours face to face at the service and 5 hours on-line).


 

Training format for two centres

An alternative-cost effective option is for two services choosing to train together. All educators within the two services attend the same two days of foundational learning (or ten hours).  These foundational days can be split (Day 1 then one week to two weeks later Day 2). After this, six educators from each service (12 in total) undertake the experiential learning component (10 hours). Each of the six will recruit a family with whom to practice the transition routines. After a period of practicing being still and implementing the transition routines (usually 4 weeks) they film some of what they have been practicing and bring this footage for review. The breakdown for the ten hours of experiential learning is two days, which become Days 3 and 4 of their training. These twelve educators are then equipped to take a lead role to support their colleagues to implement Playspaces in their respective services.

And they are registered as Playspace®Learning practitioners.

Cost to Service:
$4,000 per service.

After completing Playspace®Learning, we offer online reflexive mentoring packages to groups consisting of six educators.  Here we act as a secure base to deepen your learning. Each online reflexive mentoring package will involve six sessions.  Each educator will be able to bring video for review online.


Completing Playspace® Learning will contribute 20 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 4.1.2; 4.2.2; 6.3.2 & 7.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.