Playfulness is the single most important quality that we can nurture in children. Without joyful play, no child can grow up healthy. Young children who have experienced trauma in its many forms often need specialized guidance to help them engage the world playfully. Through joyful play, children experience greater connection with their caregivers, parents, and peers, develop a sense of competence and self-worth, and learn to express their feelings in healthy, productive ways. The impact of guided play on the health of young children exposed to trauma is real and measurable.
Due to the overwhelmingly positive response from the first two Playmaker trainings, EEC is very pleased to offer an additional opportunity for CFCE Coordinators or their staff who did not attend one of the first two sessions. In addition, EEC is encouraging CFCE grantees to extend this invitation to a community partner who provides school-age care. Playmakers has agreed to expand the training audience to individuals who will continue to work in school-age programming through the summer, so that they will have an opportunity to apply their new knowledge and skills following the training.
In this one-day learning session, participants will:
· Develop a deeper understanding of the impact of trauma on children.
· Experience the power of playful engagement.
· Learn specific cooperative play activities that can be implemented in parent-child playgroups.
· Date: June 3, 2013
· Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
· Location: Four Points by Sheraton Leominster
· Breakfast and registration: 8:00 am – 9:00 am
· Lunch: 12:00 pm -1:00 pm
Please note: Plan to arrive early enough to enjoy a full breakfast and complete a 10-15 minute pre-training survey.