Understanding Therapeutic Play

Training courses for foster carers

‘All children benefit from opportunities to play but for disadvantaged children it is particularly important. Local authorities know that access to play offers children opportunities to learn and develop new skills, including physical activity.

Combining play strategies with wider programmes for health, regeneration, childcare, extended schools and youth offending, will provide a powerful platform for local authorities, and is capable of reducing inequalities and helping children to reach their potential. Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Play is vital to every child’s emotional and social development. When a child has an opportunity to explore his/her hopes, fears and difficulties without judgement, the playroom becomes a growing ground for the child.

If given the time and space, children can work through their own problems. This one day course explores play and focuses on the important therapeutic opportunities available for those who work with and care for looked after children.

This 1 day course meets the requirements of the Training, Support and Development Standards for foster care: