International Learning Session

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International Learning Session - Play and Leisure in Australian Out of School Hours Services

Monday 5th June, 10am – 12pm
Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow
Cost: £25 (including booking fee)

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We are delighted to welcome back from Australia long-term colleague and friend of SOSCN, Associate Professor Jennifer Cartmel (Griffith University) who, in partnership with playwork expert Kylie Keane, will deliver an in-person learning session about play and practice in Australian school age childcare settings.

In Australian school age care settings educators collaborate with children and young people to provide play and leisure opportunities that are meaningful and support their wellbeing, learning and development. Out of School Hours settings pay attention to the capabilities and curiosities of individual children and young people within a context that promotes collaboration and active citizenship. My Time Our Place Framework for School Age Care in Australia 2.0 was recently updated.

In this session Jennifer and Kylie will share some of the strategies that educators use to provide programs of play and leisure for children and young people. They will use case studies from a range of services in city and regional locations that use playwork. Additionally, they will showcase the input given by children and young people about what they expect from Out of School Hours services.

Kylie Keane and Jennifer Cartmel are looking forward to being back in Glasgow and sharing Australian practice with Scottish school age childcare services. Participants will be provided with attendance certificates to count towards Continuous Professional Learning (CPL).


Kylie Keane, Keen About, Canberra, Australia
Kylie is an experienced playworker in School Age Care. Kylie is an advocate for children and young people, promoting play and playwork is become a respected authority in the field. Her expertise has led her to be appointed as the ACT National Outside School Hours Services Alliance representative, where she tirelessly champions the importance of quality SAC programs.

Associate Professor Jennifer Cartmel, Griffith University, Australia
Jennifer has recently worked with a research team to update the Framework to guide Australian Out of School Hours services. Jennifer’s research contributes to increasing professionalisation across the school-age childcare workforce, working closely with state governments and peak associations to deepen understanding about the features of outside school hours care services.

last updated: 07/07/2023