sparkWEBINARS Supporting ‘getting it right’ to IMPACT children and their futures!

Hello! Welcome to the sparkWEBINARS hub. Below is where you can find details of the upcoming guests we will have presenting their invaluable early years knowledge and experience. If registration is open for the event that you are interested in; there will be large red, pill-shaped buttons for you to click in order to book your place.

It is frustrating when tickets run out – there are only 50 PER WEBINAR, so book today to avoid disappointment!

Things you NEED to KNOW
Material Engagement with Sue Gascoyne

spark Presents:  Sue Gascoyne giving an exclusive talk…

BOOK NOW for 10am on 4/12
BOOK NOW for 7pm on 4/12

Understanding the World and what it means to be ‘Me’ using Messy Play

Learn new ways to meet children’s needs; supporting your IMPLEMENTATION!

Hi there, thank you for your interest in the upcoming webinar with Sue Gascoyne!

 Click ONE of the red  buttons above to register your place and pay
(£27 for invaluable insight into the concept of messy play)

‘Understanding the World and what it means to be ‘Me’ using Messy Play’
will be replayed on 4/12 and you have a choice of 10am or 7pm.

In this webinar, Sue Gascoyne explores the love it or hate it topic of Messy Play, or ‘material engagements’ as Sue prefers to call them.

Drawing upon research from Sue’s latest book Messy Play in the Early Years – Learning through Material Engagements, the webinar takes participants on a messy play journey, covering the what and why of messy play, exploding some myths, providing curriculum links, tips and ideas for staff reflection.

Sue introduces the different stages of messy play, essential equipment and the importance of meeting adults’ as well as children’s needs in order to deliver successful and sustainable material investigations.

Sue urges participants to try out different materials and reflect on their existing provision to ensure that their physical and emotional environment is enabling.

Using the idea of ARC as a tool for planning for and appraising messy play interactions, a range of tried and tested ideas are provided for minimising stresses and maximising children’s engagement and opportunities for thinking with materials.

Sue empowers practitioners to plot their own course through the world of material engagements and capitalise upon the benefits of locating messy play outdoors and reaping the benefits to executive functions and self-regulation as well as wellbeing.

Above all Sue urges participants to try messy play for themselves, be it perfume making, scientific exploration or simply enjoying the calming effects of sensory engagement.

Read an extract from Sue’s book HERE!
Front cover of Sue's book
Things you need to know

Things you should know and the T&Cs

General – We can only take bookings for the times stated on the buttons above. If for some reason you cannot attend your booked time, you must email Catherine on before 6pm on the day of your booked webinar. This is so that we can arrange a ticket for you for the same time on the following day; so we suggest that you book out the time in your diary on both the Wednesday AND the Thursday!

Payment –  All payments are processed via Paypal. You can pay with your Paypal account or, provided that you are LOGGED OUT of Paypal on the device that you are using, you will be given the option to pay by credit or debit card. If this is a problem, then please get in touch by the Monday at 5pm – of the week of the webinar that you are interested in and we will sort out another way to pay for you.

Overseas – Our experience so far is that you will have no issues watching the webinars from overseas. If for some reason that it does not work on either the Wednesday or the Thursday then we will ensure that you are able to watch your webinar another way. Please email Catherine if this is the case for you.

Problems logging on – Details of what to do in the event of a problem joining/viewing/hearing the webinar will be contained in your email ticket. IF YOU LOSE CONNECTION: 1. Please make sure that you are using an up to date version of your browser. (We reccommend doing this BEFORE the webinar starts!) 2. Close the window/tab that the webinar is in. 3. Wait 1-2 minutes before attempting to re-join from your oringal ticket.

Internet issues – We CANNOT be responsible for personal issues that arise during the webinar, for example, internet connection speeds/dropouts. No refunds will be given. However, we will be happy to transfer your fee to another webinar within the next 2 months. To do this you must email Catherine on so that we can sort that out for you.

Non-attendance – We understand what nursery/preschool life is like; we appreciate that staff go off sick sometimes!! You will be able to forward to your ticket to someone else in the team if necessary, but you won’t both be able to watch it from the same ticket and they must enter your email address when joining the webinar. Please see ‘General’ above if you know in advance that you will not able to attend the webinar that you have booked a seat on.