TAFE SA is excited to be working in collaboration with Robyn Dolby in 2019 to offer Playspace® Learning.
Playspace® offer a contemporary perspective on how attachment theory can be integrated into early childhood practice. Playspaces® are used at the busiest times - the transitions to and from childcare - to make these times the stillest, so everyone can feel welcomed, seen and not overwhelmed. The idea behind Playspace® is to support educators to be still, so they have (1) more chance to experience how infants and young children use them for relationship support and (2) more capacity to be predictable and emotionally available. Through animation, video footage and interviews with educators and parents, educators see what Playspace® are, how they have come about, what they look like when they are working well.
Playspace® Learning is a 4-day training. Educators learn the Playspace® structure and the transition routines on Days 1 and 2. They return to their centres and recruit a family with whom to practice the transition routines. After a period of practicing being still and implementing the transition routines they film some of what they have been practicing and bring this footage to Days 3 and 4. These two days consist of experiential learning through video-review.
Playspace® Learning fosters more thoughtful practice, contributing to how educators:
- Pace themselves: they slow down and meet children with a quiet mind
- Develop observation skill: their authentic observation leads to authentic conversations with children and parents.
- Practice relational language – put into words the relationship support that they are giving to the children in the moment
- Discover how they function as a secure base for children to explore from and return to for comfort and connection.
- Self-reflect - educators notice and track their own feelings so that they can better stay with the children’s feelings
- Take a leadership role in transitions
- Make partnerships with families. Educators lead with a structure at the start and end of the day that creates a sense of welcome, ease and connection with families
- Join with the children and support them to join with each other – to build a community of children who love to learn and play together
Robyn is a psychologist and co-founder of Secure Beginnings. She has worked in the field of Infant Mental Health for forty years. Her interest is in the emotional communications of infants and children how these communications are understood by parents and educators. She introduces educators in early childhood settings to the way being still gives them room to really see themselves and the children and to be curious about what is happening in the moment. Robyn makes films and uses the visual images to support authentic observation and reflective practice.