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Play to Z Ltd


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The first of several Masterclasses took place in December and was a great hit with participants. Our favourite piece of feedback came from one dedicated Colchester nursery practitioner who came on her day off! ''The best day off I've ever had!" It doesn't get better than that! Participants also enjoyed the never before offered opportunity to browse in the warehouse of sensory treasures. See below for details of our next Masterclasses taking place in March.

These 1 hour Masterclasses (plus browsing, questions and mentoring time) will offer hands-on guidance, demonstrations and bite-sized theory.

Sensory Needs Masterclass

Friday 16th March and Friday 23rd March 13:00-15:00*

What can you expect?

Children's sensory processing difficulties can become an obstacle to learning, and represent a huge challenge for nurseries, schools and parents. This 1 hour session (plus browsing time) from author, Play therapist and trainer Sue Gascoyne, will offer hands-on guidance, demonstrations and bite-sized theory. The session will explore:

  • How children learn through their senses.
  • What it feels like to experience the world as a Sensory Being.
  • Factors to consider when creating an enabling sensory environment.
  • Low cost measures for supporting the sensory needs of the whole child.

*The Masterclass session takes place between 1.30 and 2.30pm with an opportunity to browse and ask questions between 1.00-3.00. Book here

A Fine Mess - understanding the benefits and meaning of children's chaos!  

Messy Play Masterclass - April Date TBC

What can you expect?

Messy play is exploratory sensory-rich play with wet, dry or in-between textured materials and an emphasis on the process rather than any end product. In Early Years settings and homes up and down the country children will be enjoying getting hands-on with Messy Play. With adult’s attitude a key determinant of the quality of messy play provision, participants will have the opportunity to explore first hand the sensory and wellbeing benefits of material engagements with low-cost resources like shredded paper, gloop, shaving foam and Gelli-play in this 1 hour session, as well as time for questions, hands-on guidance, demonstrations and bite-sized theory focusing on:

  • The complexities of Messy Play resources. 
  • Messy Play as a powerful learning tool.
  • First hand exploration of the sensory and wellbeing benefits of material engagements
  • Using low cost resources found in most homes and settings.

If you want to understand children's messy play engagements better and discover how to get the most out of this enduringly popular type of play, then book now to avoid disappointmentBook here

You can also get involved in Sue's latest book by completing this Messy Play survey.

The Masterclasses Approach Explained

This series of Masterclasses represent the first time acclaimed author and trainer Sue Gascoyne has opened the doors of her multi-award winning sensory play company Play to Z, based in Colchester, Essex, to provide a limited number of masterclasses. These hands-on, intimate sessions will enable participants to ask all the questions they never dared ask and discover from an expert on sensory play  Sue will also have on hand copies of her acclaimed books in case you’d like to purchase a signed copy. Set in a converted stable building, packed with character, we look forward to welcoming you to this not to be missed event.

Each Masterclass costs £26 plus VAT and includes the chance to browse the tempting treasures in our warehouse - never before opened to the public, as well as a cuppa and slice of homemade cake!

Other Masterclasses Planned

Understanding and Getting the Most from Treasure Baskets

Look out for other sessions on creativity, wellbeing, creating enabling environments for under threes