Interrupting Play: How To Break The Habit


If play is good, why do we stop it so much? Dive into ways well-meaning adults arrange the day that deprives children of play. We’ll look at signs of a true play-based program, examine needs for time and space, and identify areas in your day where you can give play a boost. Heather Shumaker, author of the classic book IT’S OK NOT TO SHARE, offers ideas to free up “free play.”


  • The pricing for this session is in Australian Dollars. $24.00 AUD is approximately $18-$20 USD although the exchange rate varies.
  • This session is offered though a partnership between Explorations Early Learning and Inspired EC of Australia. Clicking Register will redirect your to the session’s listing on the Inspired EC website since they are handling registration.
  • The session qualifies as approved Nebraska Department Of Education Office Of Early Childhood Automatically Accepted ECE In-Service Training


Learning Goals

Attendees will:

  • Examine benefits of large blocks of play time
  • Discover three basic questions to ask before stopping/ controlling play
  • Identify common adult habits (including schedules) that impact free play


Competency Areas

Child Growth and Development


60 Minutes


June 08, 2021


  • 9:00 PM Atlantic Time
  • 8:00 PM Eastern Time
  • 7:00 PM Central Time
  • 6:00 PM Mountain Time
  • 5:00 PM Pacific Time
  • 10:00 AM June 09, 2021 AEST