ECE Forum: A Paradigm in Schools Where Play Becomes Real (TUT)

17 places available

Start:  Friday 4 June 2021 - 12.00pm
Join us for a light lunch from noon to 12.45pm  Session begins at 1pm

Finish: Friday 4 June 2021 - 3.30pm

Location:  SSTUWA building, 1 West Street, West Perth WA 6005 (off Thomas Street)


About the forum

The State School Teachers’ Union WA (SSTUWA) continues to provide early childhood educators with opportunities to develop effective industrial and professional practice, understandings and knowledge. As a union we continue to develop events relating to the importance of play driven, balanced learning in the early years learning space.

This forum will address working with children affected socially and emotionally by the stresses that come with change, a regime of testing, the effects of a push down curriculum, COVID19 and life trauma.

About Donna Berry

Donna Berry is a qualified social worker, play therapist and play therapy clinical supervisor.

She is a clinical member of the Psychotherapists and Counsellors Association of Western Australia, and a Registered Play Therapist with the Australian Play Therapists Association.

Donna is currently the president of the Australian Play Therapists Association, the peak play therapy association in Australia.

Donna has recently established ‘The Institute of Play Therapy’ which is based in South Fremantle.

The Presentation

During this unique presentation Donna will share principles underpinning play therapy and guide participants to reflect and explore how play therapy can be incorporated into the curriculum.

Donna will support educators to make a paradigm shift as they continue to develop their understandings of neuroscience and learning, the gateway to the child’s brain.

Participants will leave with a specific skill set to develop in the learning space which will assist the child to develop understandings about themselves, others and their world.

Engaging with the framework will allow educators to gain insight into children’s emotional and physical needs through the lens of toys as their world and play, as their language.

Join Donna to explore the importance of play, what children are communicating and how to create a learning environment that is in terms of neuroception, safe, for each child in your care.


$ 50 : Members
$ 100 : Non-Members


Join us for a light lunch from noon to 12,45pm
Session begins at 1pm

We are able to supply a vegetarian or gluten free option. Please advise prior to the event.


Donna Berry
Play Therapist

Nominated Audience

Early Childhood Educators (K-2)

Trade union training leave - Schools

Members in schools and TAFE colleges are eligible for five days of paid leave per year to attend trade union training (TUT).

To comply with TUT leave requirements applicants must:

  • Submit applications to DoE/principal four weeks prior to the event.
  • Provide DoE/principal with a printed copy of the course program attached to this form.
  • Be nominated by the SSTUWA. See “nominated audience” on the attached course program.

The school will not be charged for the salary of the person attending trade union training - this is covered by the DoE.  However, if a relief teacher is required, this is funded through the school's one line budget.

For school administration
When processing TUT leave applications:

  • Ensure staff attending training have selected TUT Leave in HRMIS.
  • Project code 1471 will be generated within the payment system.

Professional Standards for Teachers in Western Australia

This training relates to the following standards :

Standard 2 – Know the content and how to teach it
Standard 3 – Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Standard 6 – Engage in professional learning
Standard 7 – Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community