“To ensure the benefits of play in education settings, teachers require support in understanding the important role they have in enriching play experiences and extending learners within the play environment” (Aiono, McLaughlin & Riley, 2019, pp. 64)

This training series will support school leadership to critically evaluate teaching practices observed in their schools and determine both the strengths and needs of their teachers to ensure their play-based practices are reflective of what evidence suggests works best in the school environment.

Participants will be trained by Dr. Sarah Aiono in the use of the Play-Based Learning Observation Tool (P-BLOT: Aiono & McLaughlin, 2018) to observe teacher practice and identify areas in which teachers can be supported to implement evidence-based play practices that ensure students are appropriately supported in an effective play environment. The training includes two follow-up zoom sessions with the facilitator in Term 3 and 4 to discuss the use of the P-BLOT within the context of individual school settings and ways to respond to teacher learning needs as required.

Time Commitment:

CHRISTCHURCH: 12 – 13 October 2021 (during Term 3 holidays)

9.30 – 3.00 pm (2-day workshop training session)

AND 2 x follow-up 30-minute supervision zoom sessions during Term 3 & 4 (Auckland) and Term 4 & Term 1 2022 (Christchurch).  Times/dates negotiated with individual schools/teachers.

Suitable for:

Primary School leaders, including team leaders, senior management, or lead teachers of play situated in schools who have established learning through play practices for a minimum of 18 months.


$400 + GST (includes both face to face days and online supervision)

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