Respected play manufacturer, Timberplay, are set to deliver a study day at the Great Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House on Tuesday 26th March 2019. The day, entitled ‘Using Play to create a Destination Attraction’ will focus specifically on the educational play delivered at their STEM centre, supporting a deeper understanding of the benefits of play and the importance of risk and challenge. Running from 9.30am – 3.30pm, the event will conclude with an optional tour of the wider estate.
Timberplay have worked with Dumfries House for several years, creating three distinct play areas with different objectives. The most recent is the Harmony Outdoor Area, which acts as the outdoor learning space for the STEM education programme. The featured equipment, by Richter Spielgeräte GmbH, was selected to enable children to start exploring their environment and to experiment with physical forces and states. The space offers rich and complex opportunities to interact with different materials and play with all four natural elements: earth, wind, fire and water.
The event overview is as follows:-
Tuesday 26th March – 9.30 – 3.30 (with optional site tour afterwards) -The Great Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust, Cumnock, KA18 2NJ
Gordon Neil, Building and Facilities Manager, Dumfries House (Site overview)
Beth Cooper, Creative Play Consultant, Timberplay (Play and child development)
Dr. Karen Alexander, STEM Coordinator. Dumfries House (Objectives for play)
David Yearley, RoSPA Play Safety (Managing risk within play spaces)
Harry Harbottle, Timberplay Scotland and Play Scotland (The importance of risk and children and the elements).