"...well conceived ...and

an impressive programme manual"
Janet Moyles,
author of 'Playing for Real'

“Thank you so much for putting this programme together, it’s fantastic!”

“Really good information about play...I have definitely learned to look at things another way, from another perspective.”

“Parents and carers will enjoy
it and it will help them to understand the value of play and its benefits.”


Consultancy and Research
...promoting play to parents!

What is Stepping into Play?

The Stepping into Play is a six-session programme, two hours a week, targeted at parents and carers to empower them to offer their children high value play with low cost resources. It helps parents to understand the importance and value of play and its role in child development and includes topics such as: types of play; stages of play; extending play opportunities; how to use free or low cost resources for rich play experiences; raising children’s self esteem and the role of adults in children’s play. It is a comprehensive and fun programme and so a great tool for engaging parents. After taking part, parents will play more with their children and use play as a means to build positive relationships with their children.

Staff can deliver the programme using the Stepping into Play facilitators’ manual which contains a detailed agenda for each session, explanatory notes, hand-outs and activity sheets. It is a priceless resource for your organisation to use again and again.

The facilitators’ training day

The facilitators’ training day will equip participants to deliver the programme to parents and carers. After the training, you will:

  • gain an overview of the programme
  • understand about different learning styles and how to use these to facilitate learning
  • know how to run the activities in the programme
  • have an opportunity to ask questions about delivering the programme
    be confident about delivering the programme to others.

The day will be highly participatory and lots of fun, reflecting the ethos of Stepping into Play.

Participants will receive:

  • a Certificate of Approved Trainer
  • Stepping into Play Facilitators’ manual and CD


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In-house training

Inspire can deliver the Stepping into Play facilitator training in your area or setting with a minimum of ten participants. Several settings may combine their resources to hire Inspire to deliver the training. Please contact Haki Kapasi to discuss your training requirement.