Models of Play, Rest and Relaxation


The purpose of this module is to deepen learners' critical and creative understanding of play and Playwork theory and practice within the broader social context of school age childcare in an Irish context. Learning is an entangled process, play, creativity and materials are interwoven to create rich possibilities for children.  Learners will explore models which integrate play and develop their ability to design play spaces and support play experiences. Learners will evaluate their role in play interactions and gain experience and knowledge of how to sustain and support play in a variety of contexts with different children. Learners’ developing understanding of play is supported in the module by consistent work on observing and documenting play.  The immense benefits of spaces for rest and relaxation for children’s well-being will be evaluated in addition to strategies to support relaxation for children and school age childcare leaders.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyse play as a biological, psychological and social necessity, fundamental to health and wellbeing.

  2. Plan and design experiences for play, rest and relaxation.

  3. Evaluate creative processes and pedagogical approaches to cultivate a relational space of investigating, composing and creating together.

  4. Appraise the value and relevance of relaxation techniques for school age children.

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