Brilliant Block Play


Target GroupFoundation Phase Practitioners (Teachers/Teaching assistants/NMS)


08 March 2018
Price: £ 216.00
Venue: Future Inn Cardiff Bay, Hemingway Road, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF10 4AU
Time: 8:30 am registration for 9 am start
Cost of course £180 plus VAT


Block play offers a vast range of open-ended experiences, enriches every curriculum area and supports child development. Open ended play is intrinsic to childhood. It allows children to make representations of their world using simple materials. Through block play children may investigate the basic principles of science, technology, engineering and mathematics - not to mention problem solving, thinking and social skills!  Block play fosters a child’s natural curiosity.  It is a versatile, exciting, challenging and powerful learning tool which offers endless possibilities and fuels children’s imaginations

Course Objectives:

  • identify the progression of block play from Nursery – Year 2 and beyond

  • provide guidance on how to set up a high-quality block play area ensuring progression across the FP

  • highlight the importance of using high quality open-ended materials to enhance block play areas

  • draw attention to the role of the adult in this open-ended area of continuous provision

  • share exemplary practice demonstrating the versatility of block play and how it supports all areas of learning


Course Provider: Jen Summers

Jen Summers has over 30 year’s experience in primary education. During her career she has taught in and managed two large multicultural nurseries in challenging circumstances, and been a member of Senior Leadership Teams in large primary schools. She is an ‘Associate of the London College of Music’, an experienced musician and a great believer in the creative arts and the important role they play for young children in the standards agenda.


Jen held the post of Foundation Phase Training and Support Officer for Newport from 2007 – 2013 and then became part of a vibrant Foundation Phase Team in the SEWales EAS Consortium, working closely with schools and settings to ensure high quality Foundation Phase provision for all children across the region.  


She has delivered extensive training in all aspects of Foundation Phase pedagogy and practice to diverse audiences including head teachers, senior leaders, teachers, teaching assistants, governors as well as staff in non- maintained settings.  She has also lectured Early Years MA students.


Jen is passionate about education and believes it should be an exciting journey for all children. She is keen to work with schools to promote the development of the whole child through rich, engaging and meaningful experiences where children increasingly take responsibility for their own learning in order to become confident, competent and resilient learners for the rest of their lives.