Symposium on Childhood Play at IT Sligo

Infant teachers in national schools, practitioners in childcare settings and other professionals and students who support children’s play experiences are invited to attend a Symposium on Childhood Play at IT Sligo on Friday, February 8th.

The potential for collaboration between practitioners, educators and scholars regarding children’s play research and practice experiences will be discussed by a wide range of speakers at the event, including; Marlene McCormack, Early Childhood Ireland; Arlene Forster, National Council Curriculum and Assessment; Professor Elizabeth Wood, Sheffield University; Patricia Gardner, Walking Matters: Access; Joan McGrath, Sligo County Childcare Committee; Mary Hough, Sligo Education Centre; childcare practitioners and members of the teaching and academic communities.

Research by academics at IT Sligo and Early Childhood Ireland demonstrates that children are engaging in much less ‘free play’ that their parents would have enjoyed.  The research, which was conducted by researchers at IT Sligo and Early Childhood Ireland, involved interviews with almost 1,700 families and 240 communities across the island of Ireland about how children aged up to 15 are ‘playing’ within neighbourhood spaces including streets, greens, playgrounds, laneways and parks among others.

The Symposium is funded by CRiSP the Centre for Research in the Social Professions.  Admission is free. It will take place at IT Sligo from 10am to 4pm on Friday, February 8th. To register see www.itsligo.ie  

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