Play

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Play is a fundamental tool for the younger age group to explore and learn about themselves, their surroundings and the people they meet from different cultures and with different life perspectives.

We facilitate play in a child centred environment where play is freely chosen, intrinsically motivated and self directed by the children. We adapt activities and the environment through observations and reflective practice in response to the way the children use the space and equipment. We consult our children on a regular basis by suggesting ideas when they need support from which they either choose or provide their own ideas. We then plan our programmes from this. Where activities require adult supervision, these are done in small groups to ensure all children are safe, can enjoy that specific activity and get the most out of working in small groups; for example building camp fires, cooking, silk painting, sewing etc.

Types of play:

we are fortunate to have a purpose built building and playground where we are able to provide all sixteen types of play (as described by Bob Hughes 2006).

What we offer
• Weekly weekend and daytime play sessions
An opportunity to meet new people, build new positive relationships and participate in various activities in arts and crafts, performing arts, cooking, workshops, skills building and sports

• Cooking sessions
A series of sessions teaching families and children on how to cook their essential meals promoting healthy eating, social development and shared learning

• Holiday programmes in half term and summer holidays
Positive recreational alternative to engage during school holiday periods. Holiday Programmes are run 3-5 days in half term holidays and 3-4 weeks in the summer holiday periods.

• Fun day & BBQ
An annual event profiling the work of members attending Attlee through exhibitions, performances, taster club activities and awards, a platform for raising awareness

• Family Fun Day
Organised centrally for all projects of Attlee; to encourage development of positive relationships between parents and children, an opportunity to gain new experiences and challenge individual potential.