How to Create Play for Young Brains?


Wednesday, June 16, 2021


10:00 AM Europe/Copenhagen

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New research and practice-based findings have revealed great ways to create playgrounds that evoke young children’s curiosity and motivate explorative play. 

This webinar will share findings and cases. We will discuss how playgrounds can cater for social, dramatic and physical play that stimulates thinking skills. 

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Jeanette Fich Jespersen

Jeanette is Head of KOMPAN Play Institute and has 20 years’ experience in researching, developing and advocating playground play and has served on the scientific and organizing boards on several international conferences on child friendly city planning. She has authored numerous white papers and articles on the topics of inclusive and universal design, play and child development, and play rights in a globalizing world. Jeanette is an MA of philology and has teaching and research experience from universities and colleges in Germany and Denmark. She is the vice president of the European Network for Child Friendly Cities. She is the vice president of the International Play Association, Denmark. She is a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Sports and Learning at the University of Southern Denmark.

Dr. Suzanne Quinn

Dr. Suzanne Quinn, PhD is the manager of KOMPAN Play Institute, Americas, the research division of KOMPAN playgrounds. She has over 20 years experience as an educator, early years practitioner, teacher educator, and researcher. She is the co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education (2018) with J. Roopnarine, J. Johnson, and M. Patte and Living with Children: A Froebelian Approach to Working with Families and Communities (2019) edited by Tina Bruce, P. Elfer, S. Powell and L. Werth, as well as several empirical articles and chapters in peer reviewed publications.