We are thrilled to offer Continuing Education to professionals like you, who share our goal of creating inspiring, innovative play solutions for all communities. We offer courses for free, with automated credit reporting. If you are an architect, landscape architect, or other construction professional, you can count on PlayPower to help maintain your accreditation.
PlayPower is an approved CE provider through the ASLA–Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES). Our courses are approved for LA CES 1.0 PDH
Creating Intriguing Outdoor Playground Spaces – May 24th @1PM ET
The design of outdoor space influences how children use their environments for play, exploration, and learning. Outdoor spaces and places that children have access to require examination from a variety of perspectives to determine what the space “says” to children.
The course will be taught by Dr. Beverlie Dietze who is a lead researcher on a number of projects focused on examining strategies to advance children’s outdoor play through space design. She is the author of seven textbooks, several peer-reviewed articles, and is the publisher of the Play Outdoors magazine.
Her textbooks include:
Empowering Pedagogy for Early Childhood Education, Playing and Learning in Early Childhood Education, Second Edition, Outdoor and Nature Play in Early Childhood Education, Playing and Learning in Early Childhood Education
At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:
– Examine space designs that support outdoor pedagogy and influence playground design.
– Discuss why playground designs are examined from multiple lens.
– Highlight how environmental attributes such as surfacing, topography and paths and wayfinding contribute to triggering children’s ideas and decisions about how to play in the space.
Swings in a 21st Century Playground – June 16th @1PM ET
Swings take a lot of space in a playground design. Are they worth it? Swings stimulate a child’s sensory system and help with brain development. In this workshop, we will discuss the child development benefits to swinging. We will also explore the many different types of swings that are now available, looking at the advantages of each one
At the end of the course a participant will be able to:
1. Discuss how swinging can stimulate the sensory system and help with brain development
2. Explore how children use gross motor skills, fine motor skills, and motor planning when using swings
3. Explain the social benefits of having swings on the playground
4. Identify the different types of swings available and the advantages of each type
5. Explore how a combination of swings can promote inclusion.
Instructor: Mara Kaplan