The Play Team offers children the chance to play. This is usually a weekly session for several weeks. Through this play, the child has the opportunity to explore their hopes fears and difficulties, without judgement. The practitioner takes care of safety and any unacceptable behaviour.
This Play is child-directed and is not a form of therapy or counseling although it has therapeutic benefits.
The playroom becomes a growing ground for the child, where he or she can discover him/herself as an individual, subsequently becoming more autonomous. An outcome based upon the fact, that play is the child’s natural medium of self-expression.
It is recognised that children respond positively to whatever their needs, when they feel listened to and valued for who they are. This individual playtime with children is also helpful in developing language, communication and other skills.
The Play Team Practitioners from many childcare context have been trained by the Play Team Association, in Non-Directive person centred play, based on the work of Rachel Pinney (1983). We follow a code of ethics and practice, and ensure that child protection policies are in place.
The Play Team also run parenting skills groups, in which parents can find the skills they need to deepen their communication and develop a greater understanding of themselves and their children.
All practitioners have been C.R.B. checked, are insured and receive regular supervision.
We are able to work flexibly in a variety of settings and have established links with Schools, Social Services, Sure Start and The Youth Offending Team in West Sussex.
For further information please visit www.ukplayteam.org