Workshops

About the Workshops

All of our bespoke workshops can be adapted to meet the needs of different target audiences. Workshops can be offered as a ‘taster’ (1 hour) session or longer. All of the workshops are participative and will model and develop an understanding of inclusion. The workshop overview gives an indication of the target audience for each workshop. This is only a guide – we can adapt workshops for most target audiences. If you can’t see what you are looking for, please contact us to discuss your requirements

Workshop Descriptions

Adapting what you Know – Inclusive games and Inclusive Play

A very ‘hand’s on’ session, playing games and exploring how they can be adapted to ensure that all children can be included. This workshop offers new games as well as the opportunity to share and adapt commonly known games.

Anti-Discriminatory Practice in Early Years and Playwork

Do children from a different race or culture feel welcomed and included in your setting? Learn how to effectively offer a welcome to children from all backgrounds, to challenge discriminatory behaviour and foster positive attitudes to racial and cultural difference. Practical ideas for celebrating diversity and promoting acceptance.

Behaviour that challenges

This workshop offers strategies for promoting positive behaviour. It explores what we mean by the term ‘challenging behaviour’ and some of the negative assumptions that can be made about children who are given that label. It goes on to suggest ideas for preventative strategies, identifying the triggers for behaviour, ways of remaining child centred, ways of talking with children about their behaviour and useful strategies for de-escalating incidents.

Challenging Disablism

A workshops that identifies what disablism is and ways of challenging it.

Consulting with children

A practical session offering fun, practical tools for engaging and consulting with Disabled and Non-Disabled children and ensuring that consultation is effective and meaningful for all concerned.

Co-operative Games

Co-operative games are those in which the relationship between the players is supportive rather than competitive. The players generally work together to achieve goals and any competitive elements are minimised. This workshop will teach new games (requiring little or no equipment) and offer opportunities for participants to exchange games ideas.

Gluing and sticking

Simple activities with tips for making them accessible.

Labels are for jars not children

This workshop will challenge the concept of ‘PC’ (Political Correctness) and look at the impact of language on Disabled Children, their parents and the professionals working with them. It explores the medical and social models of disability and the language associated with them. The workshop will ask participants to reflect on the language used in relation to Disabled Children, as well as the power of the direct and indirect messages contained in it. It will focus on developing the confidence, knowledge and communication skills to make the move towards using more appropriate language and encouraging others to do the same.

Making Sense Of Legislation

The Human Rights Act, the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, The Disability Discrimination Act, The SEN and Disability Act, The Special Educational Needs Act, The Children Act, The Care Standards Act and Equal Opportunities. How are these pieces of legislation relevant to play/early years workers and what are the implications for practice? It looks heavy but this workshop will be playful in approach and will attempt to show how the law can be used to push for change in services for Disabled Children.

Making The Case For Inclusion

There is now plenty of evidence which demonstrates that inclusive provision is best for ALL children, that it is less expensive than segregated provision and that it leads to stronger and more accepting communities. But the reality is that some people still need convincing. This workshop will support participants in being advocates for inclusion and give them ideas for encouraging good practice.

Planning For Inclusion

The responsibilities of play and childcare providers under the Equality Act are ‘anticipatory’. This workshop takes a strategic view on the different types of barriers that prevent the development of more inclusive service for Disabled Children. Planning for the inclusion of Disabled Children is the responsibility of all settings even though some people are still not convinced that inclusion IS best practice for ALL children. This workshop offers strategies for identifying the barriers and practicable ideas for overcoming them. It shows the benefits of having inclusive policies and strategies and how to strengthen links to the daily practice of the play and childcare workforce. A good workshop for sharing and promoting good practice.

Play Theory And The Playwork Principles

This workshop explores how the playwork principles can be used to underpin good practice and inclusion when working with ALL children. It will investigate what the theory might look like in practice for Disabled Children in an ordinary play setting.

Team building

The quality of the relationships you have with and between your staff will be the foundation for high quality inclusive play experiences for Disabled Children. This workshop will teach the basic structures for a healthy team and give some practice in developing the key skills of a good team player.

The Equality Act

A workshop offering an overview of the specific duties and the responsibilities of service providers towards disabled people, children and their families.

Who CAN’T you consult with?

Is the ability to communicate verbally a pre-requisite for successful consultation? This workshop will explore the issues around consulting with Disabled Children, particularly those who have communication impairments and learning difficulties. It will make the case for excluding NO ONE from the consultation process.

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