STEM – WEST WALES (Llampeter)

‘Brilliant Block Play! – The world through the eyes of a child’

Block play is the perfect way to support the four purposes. It offers a vast range of open-ended experiences, enriches every curriculum area and supports child development. 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.

£190.00 + VAT (20%)

Target Group: FP Teachers, NMS, TAs

Course objectives

  • identify the progression of block play from Nursery – Year 2 and beyond
  • provide guidance on how to set up high-quality block play areas ensuring progression from Nursery and beyond
  • highlight the importance of using open-ended, natural and recycled 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
In addition, delegates attending the training will be provided with a range of materials to support the setting up of block play areas.


As an illustration of the reaction to this course, we have included a few quotes. At the present time, these are a few examples of what people say after attending Jen Summers' STEM course:
  • "Excellent ideas that we can start implementing straight away in the classroom. Lots of practical work. History of block play was very useful. Thank you very much."  Cardiff Delegate 03/10/18
  • "Thank you Jen, it was informative, creative and fun! We are looking forward to setting up and developing this throughout the FP."   Cardiff Delegate 03/10/18
  • "A fantastic course, lots of lovely ideas to take back to school. Will be planning our block play area next week. Thank you."   West Wales delegate 08/06/18

Course Presenter: Jen Summers

FP PEDAGOGY and PRACTICE - Jen Summers has over 30 years’ experience in primary education. She has taught in and managed two large multicultural nurseries and was a Senior Leader. She is an ‘Associate of the London College of Music’, an experienced musician and a great believer in the creative arts to develop children in the standards agenda. Jen was the Foundation Phase Training and Support Officer for Newport and then part of a vibrant Foundation Phase Team in the EAS Consortium. She worked 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. Jen works 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.

Course Location: West Wales

LAMPETER: TyGlyn, Ciliau Aeron, Lampeter, SA48 8DD   START TIME: 9.00am coffee and registration for a 9.30am start