Our Training Programme

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

2018-19 Programme

Most of the below courses take place at Newbattle Community Learning Centre in Newtongrange, from 6.15pm to 8.30pm, with the exception of Outdoor Play, which takes place in Vogrie Country Park, from 10am to 12pm on a Saturday.

The cost is:

  • Member rate: £25 per person (up to 2 spaces)
  • Member rate: £20 per person (3 or more spaces)
  • Non-member rate: £50 per person

In many cases it will work out cheaper if you take out membership of Play Midlothian before making your booking, which entitles you to other membership benefits. See here for more details.

Loose Parts Play: An Introduction

Thursday 29 November 2018

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 theory relating to loose parts play as well as the various resources that can be used when offering this type of play to children in the play setting. This course is suitable for practitioners who work with babies through to children aged 12 (and above).

This training supports the implementation of the Midlothian Play Strategy 2017-2019 Action Plan – supporting Theme 1: Play Aware and Theme 3: Play and Learn.

You can book spaces at https://loosepartsplay-playmidlothiantraining.eventbrite.co.uk

Play and Resilience

Tuesday 22 January 2019

This training session will look at play in relation to Adverse Childhood Experiences and its potential to be a protective factor for children. Participants will explore the opportunities that play can provide children in developing and strengthening their resilience. The session will touch on play theory whilst also exploring the important role of the adult and the environment in working with and supporting children. This course includes presentations, group discussions and practical, hands-on experiences.

This training supports the implementation of the Midlothian Play Strategy 2017-2019 Action Plan – supporting Theme 1: Play Aware, Theme 3: Play and Learn and Theme 5: Play for All.

You can book spaces at https://playandresilience-playmidlothiantraining.eventbrite.co.uk

Risk and Play

Thursday 28 February 2019

This training session explores various aspects of risk in children’s play, including risk management, risk benefit assessment, dynamic risk assessment and ideas for enabling more challenging play. The course is relevant to people working with children from age 2 upwards. The content includes a mix of presentations and group activities.

This training supports the implementation of the Midlothian Play Strategy 2017-2019 Action Plan – supporting Theme 1: Play Aware, Theme 2: Play and Risk and Theme 3: Play and Learn.

You can book spaces at https://riskandplay-playmidlothiantraining.eventbrite.co.uk

Outdoor Play

Saturday 30 March 2019

This training session will look at the creation of free play opportunities outdoors. It will examine some of the challenges of working with children outdoors as well as introduce practical ideas for outdoor play. The session is aimed at those working with children aged 5-12 (although many of the ideas can be adapted for younger children). The training session will be held outdoors, so please dress appropriately.

This training supports the implementation of the Midlothian Play Strategy 2017-2019 Action Plan – supporting Theme 1: Play Aware and Theme 3: Play and Learn.

You can book spaces at https://outdoorplay-playmidlothiantraining.eventbrite.co.uk

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 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