Watch Me Play! (CPD17)
Supporting babies and young children, together with their parents or caregivers
Watch Me Play! is a way of supporting vulnerable babies and young children (aged from 0-7) and their caregivers. Developed with the needs of young children in care in mind, the approach has been found helpful in a wide range of contexts, including post-adoption, teenage parents, supervised contact, as well as for children in intact families who have emerging but unclear difficulties, and as a first line or waiting list intervention.
Produced with funding from the Tavistock Clinic Foundation, the Watch Me Play! manual has been disseminated in Australia, Japan, South Africa and Scandinavia and translations are underway into Estonian, Italian, Japanese and Russian.
Aims and learning objectives
After taking part in the course, you will:
- understand the rationale for a therapeutic approach to support vulnerable babies and young children
- be familiar with the principles of the Watch Me Play! approach
- understand how to introduce the Watch Me Play! approach to caregivers and colleagues
- understand ways forward for introducing and establishing Watch Me Play! in a range of settings
- be familiar with ways of training and supporting colleagues working with families in different contexts
- be able to draw on the experiences of colleagues in planning delivery and evaluation of Watch Me Play!
Who is this course for?
This online workshop is for you if you are a practitioner in health, social care or education and are working with vulnerable babies and young children and their caregivers.
You may be working in one of these roles:
- early years practitioner
- social worker
- contact supervisor
- health visitor and children in care nurse
- mental health clinician including psychologists, child psychotherapists and psychiatrists
- a teacher
- nursery nurse
- early years support worker
The approach promotes child-led play, individual attention from caregivers, and talking with children about their play. Caregivers are encouraged to provide children with age-appropriate toys and their undivided attention in a quiet environment for regular short times two or more times a week.
Caregivers are also encouraged to talk with the child about their play, and to reflect with another involved adult or a professional on their observations of the child’s play and how it felt to be with the child as they played.
Day one – An Introduction to Watch Me Play!
The introductory day is a friendly, interactive forum for practitioners from a range of professional backgrounds. You will be invited to share your experiences and expertise and there will be opportunities to ask questions throughout the day.
A presentation giving an overview of the Watch Me Play! approach will include video illustration. We will talk through the freely downloadable Watch Me Play! materials. The day focuses on practical applications and has a varied format including whole, small group and case discussion.
Day two – Watch Me Play! in practice
This day offers you an opportunity to consolidate your understanding of the approach and share successes, difficulties and dilemmas with other practitioners and the facilitators. The day focuses on practical applications for those introducing Watch Me Play! to their practice and/or providing training and supervision for practitioners in their service.
A range of teaching styles will be used including whole, small group and case discussion. You will be invited to discuss a recent Watch Me Play! session and receive feedback and reflections from the group. There will also be opportunities to discuss evaluation and service-specific materials.
The course runs over two days on the following dates:
|Sessions||Date||Start time||End time|
|Day 1 – Introduction to Watch Me Play!||New dates for this course will be advertised here in due course – please register your interest to be notified when they are available.||9am||3.30pm|
|Day 2 – Watch Me Play! in practice||9am||3.30pm|
There is a gap between sessions so you can implement your understanding from the first session.
This course will be delivered remotely using Zoom.
You will need a device with a microphone and camera together with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of a laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this Zoom test link to check your set up before booking.
You will be sent the necessary login link about a week before the course start date. Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us to discuss how we can best help you.
Prior experience of infant observation will be helpful for this course.
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist
Social worker and attachment therapist
Register your interest
Applications for this course are now closed. Follow the link and complete the form to be the first to hear when this course opens for applications.