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Developmental Play Course for Parents and Carers

Our online Academy is ideal for busy parents and caregivers seeking inspiring ideas to give their children the best start in life – whatever their age and abilities. You watch the videos and do the exercises at your own pace. We recommend that you do these courses bit by bit and see how each session changes the way you play with your child – and the way your child responds. You buy the courses for a year, so you can keep going back to them each time your child teaches you something new.


Developmental Play for parents and caregivers.

This introductory course is designed specifically for parents and caregivers. It will help you understand your children better, and give you information, tools and strategies to strengthen their foundations for learning, and support them to build better relationships and – simply – be happier children.


If the introductory course inspires you, you can advance to the full training


Level 1 – Foundation Certificate in Developmental Play.

This level explains what play is, why it is so important, and what impact it can have on your children when they play – and if they don’t. It takes you as a parent into a play mindset where you start to see what a difference you can make – and how to make it.


Level 2 – Certificate of Applied Developmental Play.

The next level is more advanced, with ideas for using Developmental Play across the whole spectrum of children, mainstream and special needs, always treating each child as unique. It builds on Level 1 and is designed for parents of children who need a little extra support.


Developmental Play is associated with the Real Play Coalition, launched in 2018 by the LEGO Foundation, IKEA, National Geographic and Unilever to bring play back into childhood. A report from the World Economic Forum says “We must equip our children with the tools to address and embrace the new realities of tomorrow. To do this, we must allow them to develop through play the skills they need to thrive in the dynamic, challenging economies of tomorrow.”

“When children play, they are working hard

trying to make sense of their world”


Doug Goodkin, teacher, musician and author

By the end of the Developmental Play course, you will be able to:

  • Understand and identify developmental play stages

  • Apply Developmental Play practice at home

  • Understand the play needs of children with social, emotional and cognitive challenges

  • Design and deliver creative play interventions for children


What is its philosophy?

The course is relationship-centred, based on contemporary research and practice, including:

  • Attachment theory and playful creative relationships

  • Creative arts education and play-based learning 

  • Eco-play, nature play and outdoor play

  • Sensory processing and bodywork 

  • Messy play

  • Art and developmental art making

  • Ritual and storytelling 

  • Drama and roleplay

  • Group dynamics and social learning

  • Integration of ‘body-mind-soul’ 

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