Date: 8th November 2008
Venue: Novotel, Broad Street, Birmingham
Topic: Not Just Choosing: Respecting and Supporting Children’s Play
This year’s oversubscribed conference was clearly a joy for the majority of its 150+ keen delegates:
“Absolutely terrific keynotes! Did me good and gave me what I wanted from the day – to expand my own knowledge and thinking.”
“Fantastic keynote speakers, passionate and enthusing.”
“All speakers very thought provoking.”
“Excellent day – well organised.”
“Good organisation of day – plenty of time to play.”
“Thought provoking – have really enjoyed meeting new faces and having wonderful discussions.”
“Lovely venue with lovely staff.”
“Birmingham perfect location – thanks for everything – brilliant!”
It seems that everyone enjoyed the venue and the keynote speakers – Professor Liz Wood, Peter Elfer and Sally Featherstone – were all enthusiastically received. Their talks were much requested and can be found by clicking on the titles of their respective inputs below:
- Young children’s choices and decisions in ‘free choice’ time. 
- Children under three and their key adults: relationships to support thinking. 
- Like bees, not butterflies. 
Fascinating discussion/workshop sessions were also run by members of the TACTYC Executive under the headings:
- We are Working? Approaches in the Early Years;
- Contextualising Play for EAL Learners;
- Play Processes and Emotion;
- Respecting and Trusting Children;
- Play Isn’t Just for Children;
- Relative Values: Plan, Do — or Just Messing Around?
- Play and Independent Learning;
- Social Play and Imagination.
For the Chair’s and Journal Editors’ Reports please click here .
And delegates joined in discussions and activities eagerly and knowledgeably, comments including:
“Excellent workshop titles – I would liked to have experienced more than one workshop.”
“Workshop was thought provoking.”
“Wanted to hear more from workshop leaders, hear them share their research.”
A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all and now we’re all looking forward to new conference developments in 2009. Watch this space!