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The Power of Blockplay: a language of construction, imagination and ideas

spider's web study

This session will cover:

  • A short history and principles of blockplay
  • What block play offers: reflecting on practice
  • A celebration of children’s wonderful ideas
  • The practicalities of blockplay organisation.

There will be opportunities for viewers to ask questions.

Dr Deborah Albon is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Roehampton and writer.

Ann Bridges was formerly headteacher of a nursery school and consultant.

Solveig Morris was formerly a headteacher of a nursery and infant school, a local authority inspector for early years education and consultant. She is also a co-ordinator for London ReFocus – a regional network group of Sightlines Initiative.

 Helen Tovey was formerly a headteacher of a nursery school and principal lecturer at the Froebel College, University of Roehampton. She is a Froebel travelling tutor and author of early years publications.

All four presenters have been inspired by the work of Pat Gura who died recently.  Pat, as a researcher for early years education, was particularly known for her contribution to the Froebel Blockplay Research Project (directed by Tina Bruce) in the late 1980s which explored the use of Community Playthings blocks in early years settings. Ann and Deborah, as practitioners, were original members of the research group. The legacy left by this project is relevant today as it was then.

Dates, Details & Booking

Date Thursday 11th February 2021
Price £35
Member Discount £5

Dr Deborah Albon

Ann Bridges

Solveig Morris

Helen Tovey

Please Note:
  • We will be using Zoom for this session. Participants will be sent a link the day prior to the date. If you are registering on the day itself, please email for the link.
  • We will record the session to enable registrants who are unable to join live to view the session a day or two later, and to enable all participants to revisit the session.
Times 4 - 5.15 p.m.
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