"Play is one of the most important ways in which young students gain essential knowledge and skills. For this reason, play opportunities and environments that promote play, exploration and hands-on learning are at the core of effective pre-primary programmes." (Unicef - Lego Foundation Learning through play). This workshop investigates the pivotal role of the early childhood educator in play by:
  • examining values and ideas around play
  • highlighting the importance of quality relationships and interactions
  • exploring the ways in which spaces and materials can be responsive to children’s curiosities and thinking
  • drawing attention to documentation as an integral part of planning and professional development
Moment-by-moment teacher actions, reactions and interactions with children are key to their cognitive development (Copple, Bredekamp 2009). What constitutes quality interactions, will be examined throughout the workshop, with opportunities to trial and reflect on strategies during beak out sessions.
Session 1
  • Building from the known / Establishing a community of learners
  • Prior knowledge and questions
  • A continuum of child-initiated learning and adult-initiated learning experiences
  • Making time for play

Session 2
  • A network of relationships
  • Dispositions for listening, observing and documenting
  • Quality interactions

Session 3
  • Learning spaces and materials that respond to children’s curiosities and thinking
  • Open-ended materials for indoor and outdoor play
  • Materials for representation

Session 4
  • The role of observation, documentation and planning in early years education
  • Adapting spaces / materials in response to children’s investigations and theories
  • Remaining questions and tensions
  • Reflections and ways to incorporate new learning
  • Learn about a continuum of playful learning
  • Consider a range of roles and identities that teachers take on within play based early years settings
  • Understand the importance of quality relationships and interactions
  • Learn what effective interactions look like, sound like and feel like
  • Explore thinking routines to reflect on interactions with young children
  • Consider how to set up outdoor and indoor spaces that respond to children’s curiosities and thinking
  • Reflect on the role of observation and planning in adapting space and materials in response to children’s interests and questions Resources will be shared with participants through Padlet
This workshop is best suited for teachers who work in the early years and/or school leaders who would like to deepen their understanding of the multi-facetted role of the educator in play.
Child centered learning has been Anne's passion for more than 25 years. Anne has worked in schools in the Netherlands, China, Singapore and Switzerland, where she took on various positions such as team leader, PYP coordinator and director. Anne used to work at the Canadian International School (Singapore) where she was part of the team that took the school to IB authorization. Anne has been an IB workshop leader since 2005, sharing her passion for young children and play with educators in international schools across the world.

Anne joined Eton House International Pre-School in August 2007, drawn to the school for its vision to establish early childhood education centered on young children's competencies in making meaning and building relationships. At Eton House, she first combined teaching with the responsibilities of the PYP coordinator. In June 2008, Anne became the Director of this school.

In August 2011, Anne moved back to Europe and took on the responsibility of Assistant Principal at the International School of Zug and Luzern (ISZL). At ISZL, she supported the development of a new vision for learning and teaching in the early years. This direction places a strong emphasis on relationships, play, learning spaces (both inside and outside), and on making learning visible to others.

Anne moved back to the Netherlands in 2015. This has given her the opportunity to collaborate for two years with the PYP development team at the IB regional office in The Hague. She has been working on the IB PYP review focusing on learner agency, early years, inquiry, and several aspects of 'the learning community'. Anne still works for the IB as a workshop leader and collaborates with international schools as an independent educational consultant. From May 2019 to May 2022, Anne has worked alongside 4 and 5-year-olds at an inner city, IB PYP school in her hometown The Hague. She recently joined a new PYP candidate school as the PYP coordinator and vice principal.

14th, 21st, 28th January & 4th February 2023

Each Session is for 2 hours.
New York 2:00 am | London 7:00 am | Zurich 8:00 am | Dubai 11:00 am | India 12:30 pm | Hong Kong 3:00 pm

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USD 400 Per Participant
USD 375 Per Participant for a group of 8
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 8 Professional Development hours.