Explorations Early Learning

Promoting play, defending childhood, and empowering caregivers.

Explorations Early Learning

Defending Play

Defending Play


Many areas of early learning world have not fully embraced the concept of true child-led play, which is a crucial way for young children to learn. This training is designed to provide valuable tips and strategies for those interested in defending and advocating for play.

Outcomes / Goals

Attendee will:

  • Learn the importance of gathering information, evidence, and resources to support your position
  • Understand the value of anticipating and addressing counterarguments
  • Learn strategies for successful advocacy

Competency Area

  • Alabama | Personal And Professional Leadership Development / Quality Child Care And Licensing
  • Illinois | Personal And Professional Development
  • Michigan | Professionalism
  • Missouri | Demonstrate A High Level Of Ethical Conduct By Displaying Leadership And Promoting Advocacy
  • Nebraska | Professionalism And Leadership
  • Oklahoma | Professionalism And Leadership
  • South Dakota | Professionalism
  • Wisconsin | Professionalism
  • CDA | Maintaining A Commitment To Professionalism

Clock Hours

Available in 60 and 90-minute formats


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

Introduction05 minutesMonologue
Advocacy Preparation15 minutesDiscussion
Anticipating And Addressing Counterarguments10 minutesDiscussion
Strategies For Successful Advocacy25 minutesDiscussion
Conclusion05 minutesMonologue

Related Resources

This session is based in part on content from these sources (affiliate links):

  • Let Them Play
  • Let’s Play
  • Let’s All Play

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