Explorations Early Learning

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Explorations Early Learning

Creating Playful Policies And Procedures

Creating Playful Policies And Procedures


Organizations without well-defined policies and procedures for children’s play face problems maintaining consistency and continuity due to a lack of clarity among administrators, staff, and families. This training offers suggestions, resources, and guidance for creating those policies and procedures.

Outcomes / Goals

Attendee will:

  • Recognize the value of creating policies and procedures that support child-led play and exploration
  • Discuss the importance of flexible yet structured policies and procedures
  • Learn to compose effective policies and procedures

Competency Area

  • Alabama | Management and Administration / Administration And Management
  • Illinois | Curriculum Or Program Design
  • Michigan | Management
  • Missouri | Develop And Sustain The Habit Of Reflective And Intentional Practice
  • Nebraska | Administration, Program Planning, And Development
  • Oklahoma | Program Planning, Development, And Evaluation
  • South Dakota | Program Management And Regulation
  • Wisconsin | Planning, Reflection, and Evaluation
  • CDA | Program Management

Clock Hours

Available in 60 and 90-minute formats


This is the breakdown for the 60-minute version of the session:

Introduction05 minutesMonologue
The Value Of Play Policies And Procedures10 minutesDiscussion
Balancing Structure And Flexibility15 minutesDiscussion
Composing Effective Policies And Procedures25 minutesDiscussion
Conclusion05 minutesMonologue

Related Resources

This session is based in part on original and curated content at Playvolution HQ.

Content Level

Beginner / Intermediate

Age Group Focus

  • Toddlers (12 months to 36 months)
  • Preschool (36 months to 5 years)
  • School Age (5 years to 12 years)
  • Adults

Target Audience

  • Family Child Care Providers
  • Child Care Center Teachers
  • Child Care Center Directors
  • Head Start Teachers
  • Head Start Administrators
  • Early Head Start Teachers
  • Service Coordination Staff
  • Technical Assistance Specialists
  • Home Visitors
  • Parents