ARC began with a request from Parents, Carers and Educational professionals to reconnect them to the world of the child; a world they feel they have lost sight of.

One of the sad things about becoming an adult is that we are influenced to put away ‘childish’ things and this is a great loss for us, and the children in our care. It is my belief that as adults involved with children, whether that be as a teacher or parent, it is absolutely essential that we are constantly developing the necessary insights to see and experience the world from a child’s perspective.

To do this we have to recover our own creativity, develop our perception and hone our skills of observation and intuition.

The issue is not so much the activity of play but what lies behind.

Where are you in your mind when you are playing, where is the attention, the focus, how and where does it impact? How is the child when they are playing on the computer, how are they afterwards?

Playing in nature, how are they afterwards?

During the workshops we will learn how to develop our skills of perception, observation and intuition through creative exercises and discussion. This will enable us as adults to bring a fuller knowledge to the core essentials underlying the role that creativity plays and help broaden our understanding of our role as parents and teachers.

ARC Content:

  • Understanding our children, learning to set healthy boundaries to assist child development
  • What do we really mean by play?
  • Building creative relationships with children to encourage positive response and co-operation
  • Learn, practise and discover how to develop our Perception, Intuition and Observation
  • Discover how we can become creative and how this will create a positive impact on the family and our work with children
  • Conflict allows conflict-resolution; absence of conflict inhibits growth of the skill for resolution
  • Creating form and structure around the child is a scaffold on which they can build and prepare for life
  • How can we go from just coping to successful parenting and teaching?
  • Nutrition and Child development
  • Paradoxically, the less one gives the imagination, the happier it is, because it is a muscle that enjoys playing games