Welcome to the Talking about Play Symposium brought to you by KU Learning and Development. We are excited to bring you this special virtual event.

As early childhood educators we know that play is critical to children’s learning and development. The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia: Belonging Being and Becoming reminds us that early childhood practice is underpinned by the knowledge that play provides a context for children to build their understanding of the world around them.

In creating this Symposium, we have brought together a number of expert speakers that share their knowledge and provoke us to think deeply about how we can create environments that are rich for children’s play.

Each of the presentations is approximately 30 minutes in length. We recommend that you start by watching ‘The right of children to play’ with Dr Deborah Harcourt. This will help to set the scene for the rest of the Symposium. You can work your way through the remaining videos at times that suit you. The Introduction and first 4 videos are available in week 1. The rest of the videos will be released in week 2.

Reflection Guides

Each video is supported by a Reflection Guide. They contain questions for consideration and recommendations for further reading. We advise that you download the Guides and refer to them as you watch the videos. If you are watching as a team, you may like to stop the video at various points, discuss the questions and consider implications for practice.

We hope you enjoy the symposium and look forward to receiving your feedback.


The speakers and topics are:

Week 1 Presentations

photo of Dr Deborah Harcourt

Dr Deborah Harcourt

The right of children to play

Video Presentation https://vimeo.com/545778007/fbfabd1eaf

Download the Reflection Guide https://www.ku.com.au/uploads/...

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Toni Christie

Infant Play

Video Presentation https://vimeo.com/534757697/7aa31b39f9

Download the Reflection Guide https://www.ku.com.au/uploads/...

photo of Rod Soper

Rod Soper

Play and relationships

Video Presentation https://vimeo.com/534744264/85a5c9ed7b

Download the Reflection Guide https://www.ku.com.au/uploads/...

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Kirsty Liljegren

Environments and the educator's role in play

Video Presentation https://vimeo.com/534746645/be83bb8066

Download the Reflection Guide https://www.ku.com.au/uploads/...

Week 2 Presentations

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Robin Christie

Superhero play

Presentation available in week 2

photo of Doug Fargher

Doug Fargher

Nature Play

Presentation available in week 2

photo of Associate Professor Kylie Smith

Associate Professor Kylie Smith

Gender and play

Presentation available in week 2

photo of Dr Kate Highfield

Dr Kate Highfield

Technology and play

Presentation available in week 2