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Masterclass: Watch Me Play!


Course overview

This Masterclass series will provide an accessible introduction to the ‘Watch Me Play!’ approach, including its background in child development research and its links to infant observation. Key concepts will be explored via engaging, lecture-style presentations, and there will also be plenty of time set aside for you to submit questions.

Each Masterclass in this series is priced individually at £50, and once you’ve attended the live session via Zoom, we’ll also send you a link to the recording, which will be available for an additional three months (90 days).


Course aims

Helpful in a wide range of contexts, ‘Watch Me Play!’ is a simple method for supporting babies, young children and their caregivers – promoting child-led play, individual attention from caregivers, and talking with children about their play in order to enhance relationships and create a better understanding of each child’s strengths and needs.

This Masterclass series will introduce the ‘Watch Me Play!’ approach – summarising the method, exploring how to introduce the approach to caregivers and colleagues, and examining the research and principles which underpin its development and application. Over the course of each stand-alone Masterclass, you will gain an understanding of how the approach might be used to help parents and caregivers support their child’s development through play.

Find out more about the ‘Watch Me Play!’ approach and our other training in this area.


Course topics

  • The first Masterclass, on 23 November 2020 at 1pm UK time, will provide an introduction to ‘Watch Me Play!’ – outlining how practitioners can introduce and model the approach, and discussing a range of practical examples from mental health, social care and educational settings.
  • The second Masterclass, on 14 December 2020 at 1:30pm UK time, will explore the child development research which supports the ‘Watch Me Play!’ approach – including the benefits of child-led play, the nature and consequences of childhood adversities, and the need for flexible intervention.
  • The third Masterclass, on 18 January 2020 at 1pm UK time, will examine the roots of the ‘Watch Me Play!’ approach in infant observation, discussing the role and significance of ‘attention’ and the relevance of observation in perinatal, early years and social care practice.

Who is this course for?

We welcome anyone to this Masterclass series who has an interest in the subject.

In particular, these Masterclasses are for you if you work with babies, young children and their families and wish to enhance your understanding or practice or are considering further training.

You may be working in:

  • A school, preschool or nursery
  • Social services
  • Healthcare
  • The voluntary sector
  • Perinatal, infant or child mental health
  • Or you may be considering work with babies and young children in the future.

Course requirements/assessment

There are no requirements for this Masterclass series, and there’s no assumption that you’ll have prior knowledge in this area.

Once you’ve registered, we’ll send you a link to the Zoom video platform, where you will watch the live session.

There’s no assessment associated with this Masterclass series, just click the link and watch!

A short reading list, including a manual for parents and a digest of relevant child development research, will be provided.


Course facilitators

Dr Jenifer Wakelyn

Dr Jenifer Wakelyn

Dr Jenifer Wakelyn worked as an artist and in early years’ education before training in psychoanalytic child psychotherapy at the Tavistock Centre. Dr Wakelyn is lead child and adolescent psychotherapist in a mental health service for children in care in London, and has a special interest in therapeutic support for babies and young children in…


Forthcoming course dates

The dates of all Masterclasses in this series are listed below.

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