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::: on the road again for Australialand Tour 2!

June 29th, 2013

Marc Armitage is back in Australia for Tour 2!

Marc’s expertise is children and play … He says – “As adults we make a lot of assumptions about children – about what they can do, what they can’t do. About where they spend their free time and what they do there. Very often those assumptions are wrong. It is common to hear adults say that children of today simply do not know how to play anymore – it isn’t true; people say the traditional games that I remember playing as a child just are not around anymore – this isn’t true; and people say children much prefer screen time to playing out – I’m here to tell you this isn’t true either. If we want to understand children and their wider social lives we need to know and understand what they ‘do’ – not what we think they do, or what we would like them to do, but what they actually do in those places and those times in which they have control over their own choices. This can only be done by actively exploring – especially exploring those times and those places in which there are usually no adults present – the journey to and from school; recess time; the time after school; time at home away from parents; etc. The thing that children and young people do more than any otherthing when adults are not watching … is play!”

The success of Tour 1 has blown us all away. Twenty seven PD Sessions attended by over one thousand participants in seven weeks is a BIG success in anyones book.  During Tour 1/2013 Marc’s message on PLAY was shared with people in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland and because it has been so well received he is very excited to be back and doing it all again in South Australia, Western Australia and at the Inspired EC Conference in Shoal Bay New South Wales during Tour 2!

But don’t worry Northern Territiry, Tasmania and New Zealand,

he is coming to you in Tour three in October and November 2013!

We cannot express highly enough the excellent quality of professional development Marc’s presentations deliver. Donna had the great privilege of traveling with Marc on his maiden Australian tour in 2012 and is thrilled to be accompanying him once again in 2013, this time as his PA, and his message STILL blows her away every time she hears it!

Not only is Marc highly experienced, knowledgeable and passionate when it comes to talking about play and children, he is extremely personable, engaging, down to earth and funny in his presentations … just don’t tell him we said all these nice things about him okay!!

We are constantly receiving emails and messages from people who attended PD session with Marc during his maiden Australian visit in 2012, and more recently from people who attended his very first tour along the east coast of the USA in March and already from those who have attended his first Australian tour for 2013, who are marveling at the  improvements they are seeing in their schools and ECE settings after making simple changes inspired by Marc.

 For all details regarding where Marc will be presenting during Tour 2 and Tour 3

please check out the Inspired EC website.

 or email Donna via …

To learn more about Marc Armitage be sure to follow him via his website …

Facebook page … 

and on Twitter.!/marcatplay


::: 2013 is going to be a BIG year in OZ!

February 22nd, 2013

It’s going to be very exciting year for early childhood educators everywhere as UK PLAY expert Marc Armitage gears up for his Three Tour Series of Australia!

Details for all of Marc’s Public workshops in TOUR ONE are now available and ticket sales are already well under way. As numbers are limited for each gig you will need to get sorted quickly so as not to miss out.

Tour one begins on May 7th in Queensland this year, followed by a visit to New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria.

 May 7th – 25th

All information, including registration forms are available below

or through the Inspired EC website

‘The DO Approach’

Presenter: Marc Armitage

Tuesday 7th May 2013 (time 9.30am – 3.30pm)



‘The DO Approach’

Presenter: Marc Armitage

Wednesday 8th May 2013 (time 9.30am – 3.30pm)



‘The DO Approach’

Presenter: Marc Armitage

Thursday 9th May 2013 (time 9.30am – 3.30pm)



 The DO Approach’

Presenter: Marc Armitage

Friday 10th May 2013 (time 9.30am – 3.30pm)

Central Queensland Institute of TAFE

Canning Street,

QLD Rooms C1.O1



‘The DO Approach’

Presenter: Marc Armitage

Saturday 11th May 2013 (9.30am – 3.30pm)


‘The DO Approach’

Presenter: Marc Armitage

Monday 13th May 2013 (9.30am – 3.30pm)



The DO Approach’

Presenter: Marc Armitage

Tuesday 14th May 2013 (9.30am – 3.30pm)



‘The DO Approach’

Presenter: Marc Armitage

Wednesday 15th May 2013 (9.30am – 3.30pm)



‘The DO Approach’

Presenter: Marc Armitage

Friday 17th May 2013 (time 9.30am – 3.30pm)


 The DO Approach’

Presenter: Marc Armitage

Monday 20th May 2013 (time 9.30am – 3.30pm)



‘The Role of the Adult in Children’s Play’

Presenter: Marc Armitage

Monday 20th May 2013 (time 7.30pm – 9.00pm)

Baxter Pre School

26 Olstead Drive


Bookings are being taken by Gillian directly through Baxter Pre school (03) 5971-1868 …


‘The DO Approach’

Presenter: Marc Armitage

Wednesday 22nd May 2013 (time 9.30am – 3.30pm)



The DO Approach’

Presenter: Marc Armitage

Thursday 23rd May 2013 (time 9.30am – 3.30pm)



The DO Approach’

Presenter: Marc Armitage

Friday 24th May 2013 (time 9.30am – 3.30pm)



‘The DO Approach’

Presenter: Marc Armitage

Saturday 25th May 2013 (time 9.30am – 3.30pm)


Baxter Preschool has booked Marc for an additional 2 x 90 minute presentations. Please check out the link below for details.

Marc Armitage at PLAY at Baxter Preschool 2013

TOUR 2 – JULY 2013


For further details regarding Tour’s 2 and 3 including booking Marc for a Workshop, Keynote talk or Twilight Presentation for your organisation or to obtain details about public gigs please email Tash from Inspired EC  … You can also check out lots more information about Marc Armitage right here!

Of course Marc will also be visiting the East Coast of the USA in March 2013, sponsored by the Pop-Up Adventure Play team. For all information visit their website.

::: an irresistible new direction

February 8th, 2013

We embrace change and we love a challenge – who doesn’t in early childhood? As you may know, we stopped teaching together at our beautiful kindergarten in the outer suburbs of Melbourne at the end of 2010 to concentrate on other aspects of our business such as teacher PD. We have thoroughly enjoyed this fun side of our business and thank you so much to everyone who has supported us.

We have decided this year that we will once again head in another direction. We have a dream of writing a book together with our friend Marc Armitage. A book about children and how through PLAY they are all universally connected. A photographic exploration of children doing what children do best P-L-A-Y.  We’ve nicknamed it ‘Project Dreamer’ but we want it to be much more than a dream. Our intention is to work really hard this year in order to make this dream come true! Before that can happen however, Donna has a full year tour managing Marc Armitage who is coming to Australia at least three times in 2013 to run workshops and attend conference circuits and Sherry, who has recently completed a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, will become much more involved in tertiary training.

Marc Armitage – UK PLAY expert …

We are also interested in helping to organise other fabulous early childhood experts to bring the latest and greatest information to our preschool, long day care, OSHC, family day and primary school educators.

IIFPBL Facebook Page …

Our blog will remain, all of the great ideas for teaching in early education are still there, so please explore. From time to time we will put up a new post, but it won’t be as regular as it has been in the past. It is very difficult when we are not teaching and planning together to have new posts about activities/ideas etc… Our Facebook page will also remain and continue to be the fabulous resource that it has become.

2013 has started off very well for us as we hope it has for all of you!

 Cheers … Sherry and Donna