cpddayssmHere’s a link to Circle of Life’s training day schedule for 2017.

Play and the Outdoors – an Experiential & Theoretical Journey into Forest School, Play itself and Therapeutic Play 

24th & 25th March 2017
Marina Robb and Kate Macairt
Mill Woods, East Sussex

Click here for the booking form.

This training will:

  • Familiarise you with the Forest Play skills continuum.
  • Explore non-directive and directive facilitation including wild & free play.
  • Understand the different methods of communication integral to Forest Play.
  • Increase the tool kit to include more outdoor games and skills.
  • Develop understanding of Attachment Theory and how it relates to emotional insecurity.
  • Explore Forest School Philosophy/principles.
  • Play skills include sand, music, fire, puppet and story making.

Click here to see full details about this two day course.


From Protection to Resilience

4th April 2017

Tim Gill

Ringmer Academy, Ringmer, East Sussex

Click here for the booking form.

Taking a balanced and thoughtful approach to risk that honours and values children’s play, their freedom of movement, and, most importantly, the relationships they have with each other, with adults and with the wider environment.  This day is suitable for Educators, Forest School Leaders and Service providers.

Across the world, adults are becoming ever more anxious about children’s safety and well-being. Paradoxically, these anxieties can end up harming children’s learning and development, fuelling unnecessary fears and undermining trust and confidence in ourselves and our children. This workshop will help us to revisit our thinking so that we can strike a better balance between protecting children from genuine threats and giving them rich, challenging opportunities to learn and grow.

The day will be a rich mix of presentations and useful information and healthy dialogue alongside some direct experience of ‘risky’ outdoor-based activities. It will support participants to take a more balanced and thoughtful approach to managing risk in children’s play and learning – specifically, risk benefit assessment (RBA) – and to help this approach become embedded across the setting/service.

Tim Gill is one of the UK’s leading thinkers on childhood, and an effective advocate for positive change in children’s everyday lives. He is author of the influential book No Fear: Growing up in a risk averse society and was Director of the Children’s Play Council (now Play England) from 1997 to 2004. Please see https://rethinkingchildhood.com/about/ for more information.

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