CRPR06007 2017 Play Environments: Indoor and Outdoor
Learners will consider and design indoor and outdoor environments for playwork, within the constraints and changes of children current lives and living. Examining opportunities for professionals to develop traditional and non-traditional spaces for playing; places large and small, inside or out, that are engaging to the child, and support their playing.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Discuss the changing face of children's play environments
Identify the play worker’s role in creating and resourcing inclusive and challenging play environments.
Design a space for play utillising the playwork principles
Examine the relevant policies which impact on playwork enviroments
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Teaching and Learning Strategies will be play based, to mirror the philosophy of the course.
Practical case studies, film, text and creative practices will be employed to support effective pedagogy.
This module will be delivered through a blended learning methdology;
6 hours online: One hour alternate weeks.
24 hours face- to- face: Two residentials.
Module Assessment Strategies
Assignment will include both practical and theoretical dimensions and will be in the form of a Capstone Project which incorporates the learning outcomes from modules: Play Environments and Experiential Learners.
This takes the form of a research project.
The process commences with an agreed proposal with the teaching team. The student will then undertake empirical research and write and present the research report to their peers. This is a paired and shared assessment.
Repeat Project will be determined based on failed components and areas for further development.
1: Discuss the changing face of children's play environments
Learners will explore the impact of protective discourses on children's play spaces. In addition, they will consider and be open and recpetive to new perspectives of the child as digital native and ICT in play spaces.
2:.Identify the play worker’s role in creating and resourcing inclusive and challenging play environments.
Learners will examine current play opportunities and work towards responding to them. They will interact effectively with others, through collaboration, team work and negotiation to support the development of play spaces.
3: Design a space for play, utilising the playwork principles
Learners will undertake research of spaces created using the playwork principles, in order to critiqe and inform their own aspirational models of play environments. They will then design a space that will stimulate children’s play and maximise their opportunities for a wide range of play experiences within this space.
4: Examine and analyse the relevant policies which impact on playwork environments
Policy areas may include: inclusion, children's rights, health and safety, child protection.
Learners will examine and analyse policies, such as Ready, Steady, Play and other Irish local government policies; International policies, for example: UNCRC.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Cap Stone Project||Project||Individual Project||100 %||Week 12||1,2,3,4|
Part Time Mode Workload
|Workshop||Flat Classroom||Workshop||12||Twice Per Semester||1.60|
Distance Learning Mode Workload
|Online Lecture||Distance Learning Suite||Online||1||Fortnightly||0.50|
Required & Recommended Book List
2008 The Outdoor Playspace Naturally: for children birth to five years Pademelon Press
The outdoor playspace naturally challenges perceptions about early childhood outdoor playspaces, and suggests ways to inspire change. It provides a foundation for creating natural, dynamic, and engaging playspaces, and fostering ongoing collaboration between children, parents and staff. This easy-to-read book guides early childhood practitioners, teachers and caregivers to encourage engagement with the outside world. Also includes inspiring photographs and case studies that emphasise the positives of well-designed outdoor playspaces. Topics covered include: Designing natural playspaces: Principles How do natural playspaces meet developmental needs and interests making natural playspaces more accessible to children with disabilities. A useful reference book for all involved in early childhood education to refresh their ideas about what can be done and why it is important for children to dig in mud and get in touch with nature.
Journal of Playwork Practice: ISSN 2053-1621
International Journal of Play
A handbook of resources will be supplied to the students on commencement of their programme.