PARS training has taken place all over The Netherlands in the last twelve months – in Amsterdam, Groningen, Rotterdam and Utrecht.
Practitioners, managers and support workers from a wide range of different settings have taken part, from environmental play projects to childcare organisations, city farms and centres for children with special needs. These participants have not only put PARS into practice in their settings, but have also asked that PARS training and support be fully available to anybody working with children and parents in The Netherlands.
The next steps will involve training local trainers to run PARS courses and organising training courses across The Netherlands in Dutch. In the meantime, practitioners in The Netherlands can join our on-line PARS training or arrange for their own courses to be delivered in English – please contact us for more information.
Haunting for Playwork Vibes!
Judith Lechner, Managing Director, Huis de B,
Groningen, The Netherlands
Two Day Training Programme
Well, what delightful days we had in the north of The Netherlands! Shelly visited us for a two day training programme. Four people from our afterschool childcare organization had already done PARS training before – it is so tremendously fitting for our organization, as our mission statement is: Play Together, Learn Together and Experiment However You Like! So we decided to train all our staff members. Our team is in transition at the moment from being unconsciously skilled towards being consciously skilled. So of course this PARS training thrilled and excited our team! It provided words and food for thought about what we are trying to attain with the children.
We are now two weeks on from the training and last week we had a fall vacation. O my, I saw a lot of neophilic activities: ropes to climb the walls outside or a group heading off to a glass exhibition in the museum. And I noticed staff members trying to be unobtrusive during a cooking activity. All the boys and girls were enjoying themselves with pots and pans on the stoves, where normally the adults would be first in line. So last week I went home so very happy! In the meantime, we decided to appoint two ‘play coaches’ – two staff members who can train new people and who can keep this alive and kickin’! The playwork vibes are dwelling through our house. We will haunt them and catch them as if it was Halloween every day!