Celebrating Play 2019 Conference

Promoting positive SEMH through play 


This year we are focussing on -

⦁ Promoting positive social, emotional and mental health through play


Keynote Speakers - Ali Chown & Dr Pete King

      Ali Chown                   


       Dr Pete King 

Pete has a PhD in Childhood Studies and is currently the Programme Director for both the MA Childhood Studies and MA Developmental and Therapeutic Play Courses at Swansea University.  Although Pete obtained his PGCE in 1996, his professional practice has been in play and playwork in both England and Wales in the statutory and third (voluntary) sectors as a playwork practitioner, manager and lecturer.  Pete researches and teaches in Play Theory and Practice, Researching Childhood and Therapeutic Work with Children and his research has been published both nationally and internationally.  His most recent research has been with Dr Shelly Newstead on playworkers understanding of the Play Cycle.  The keynote will consider this research and a theoretical model on how the adult can support children's play.  A book The Play Cycle:  Theory, Research and Application by Pete King and Gordon Sturrock will be published by Routledge later this year.


Storytellers - Children of the Forest




All the workshops are practical and skills based so that participants had ideas to take back to their settings. Where possible we base workshops in an outdoor environment.


Ninjas Weapons and War - Miss Elvy's Curious School of the Wild


MASK MAKING - Kathy Kelly

Ali Chown






Photos from our Play Celebration - 2019 conference

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