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Canadian International School of Beijing

8 Liangmaqiao Rd, SanYuan Qiao, Chaoyang Qu

Beijing, Beijing Shi 100125


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Loose Parts: Evoking Creativity and Wonder in Young Children’s Play Spaces

Workshop Descriptor:

The theory of loose parts is influencing early childhood educators around the world. Loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. They are known for their ability to empower creativity and imagination in young children.

To understand loose parts as tools for expression, participants will experiment, explore, and investigate different materials to discover their possibilities. Participants will deepen their understanding of loose parts by playing with other early childhood educators and recording their creations and discoveries.

Time will be spend considering the importance of intentionality in the selection of materials as well as how to ensure materials are aesthetically pleasing in their arrangement. In addition, the workshop will focus on the power of ‘Tinker Trays’ and ‘Mud Kitchens’. The outdoors, with its potential for scale, movement and messiness, offers additional possibilities for loose parts. Participants will explore the potential of these materials and will to consider risk from multiple perspectives.


Early childhood educators

What to bring:


Some (recyclable) loose parts from home

Photos of your play spaces (both inside and outside) in your school

Participants will:

  • Understand how loose parts fit into a broader vision for play and responsive learning spaces

  • Understand how loose parts encourage imagination and creativity in young children

  • Gain practical experience with loose parts by experimenting

  • Learn how to be intentional with loose part and how to incorporate them in children's play spaces (both inside and outside)

  • Learn about how to create ‘Tinker Trays’ and ‘Mud kitchens’

  • Consider the potential of loose parts on the playground and to (re) consider risk

Workshop Presenter: Anne van Dam

Education has been Anne’s passion for more than 25 years. She has worked in a variety of schools in the Netherlands, China, Singapore and Switzerland. Since 2000, she has have taken on various positions in schools, combining teaching with leadership responsibilities. Anne has been an IB workshop leader since 2005, sharing her passion for young children and child initiated play with educators in PYP schools. As a PYP visiting team member, she tremendously enjoys supporting schools with the implementation of the IB PYP framework.

Anne joined EtonHouse International Pre-School in August 2007, drawn to the school for its vision to establish early childhood education centered on young children’s competencies in making meaning and building relationships.

In August 2011, Anne moved back to Europe and took on the responsibility of Assistant Principal at the International School of Zug and Luzern. At ISZL, she supported the development of a new vision for learning and teaching in the early years. This direction places a strong emphasis on relationships, play, spaces and documenting learning.

Anne moved back to the Netherlands in 2015. This has given her the opportunity to work with the PYP development team at the IB regional office in The Hague. Anne has been working on the PYP review focusing on student agency, early years, inquiry and the several aspects of ‘the learning community’. She still works for as an IB workshop leader and workshop developer and collaborates with international schools as an independent educational consultant.

Conference Schedule:
Saturday 8 September 2018

0830-0900 Welcome

0900-1030 Session one

1030-1100 Break (snacks provided)

1100-1300 Session two

1300-1345 Lunch (lunch provided)

1345-1545 Session three

Sunday 9 September 2018

0830-1030 Session one

1030-1100 Break (snacks provided)

1100-1230 Session two (conclusion of workshop)


All participants will receive a certificate of participation for the workshop.

Workshop Registration Fee

Early Bird Fee: US$320.00

Registration fee after the 8 June 2018: US$350.00

Registration fee after the 8 August 2018: US$380.00

Cancellation Policy

Please note that each workshop will proceed based on participant registration. Innovative Global Education will inform you by 8 August, 2018 if the workshop is to be cancelled. If the workshop is cancelled your full payment will be reimbursed. If the workshop is proceeding you will not receive an email.

Workshop Participation

If Innovative Global Education is informed by by 8 August, 2018 that a participant is unable to attend the workshop, a full refund will be given. If notification of not being able to participate is after 8 August, 2018 IGE will be unable to refund the registration fee.

If, for any reason, a school needs to either transfer a registered participant to another workshop from the workshop registered or change the name of the participant attending a workshop, Innovative Global Education can make these changes on request from school or participant at any time.


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Getting There:

The school is a very short walk from the hotel. See direction on the map below.

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Beijing, Beijing Shi 100125


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