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1st International Developmental Play Conference in Manila

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26th - 27th April 2019

Hosted by Kaleidoscope Therapy and Learning Center, Philippines, and CreateCATT, Singapore



Participants met and learnt from Dr David Whitebread, founder of the PEDAL Institute (Play Education Development and Learning) at Cambridge University, UK; Caroline Essame, founder of Developmental Play, who is based in Singapore and works in the Philippines, India and the UK and Pablo Stansbery from UNICEF. Monalisa Guce, presented research and practice from the Philippines and Dr Susan Mathew will present work from India. Linda Smith, co-founder of Six Bricks, South Africa ran a masterclass on how to use LEGO in play based learning and Caroline Clay, UK, presented work on developmental play and work with teenagers who have experienced trauma. Additional presentations covered topics on inclusion, arts therapy, activity based learning, neonatal care, play for children at risk and participants from across the globe to shared best practice in play.


Participants showcased their work and play ideas that have proved successful. This play marketplace showcased creative practice across the world and fitted in these categories:

  • Play for children on the move

  • Play in rural low-resourced areas

  • Play research

  • Urban initiatives in play

  • Play for differently abled children

Presenters included play practitioners from BRAC, Save the Children, Unilab, Deepti Special School and Sankalpa.

Building a solid foundation for ALL children through play

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