From breath-taking volcanic landscapes to sharing playful experiences with children and adults in magical and enchanting locations. Everyone had several opportunities to observe the Icelandic approach to education and I personally was excited by a visit to a school that is an integrated preschool and elementary school for children ages 1- 9 years old. We shared stories, passions and beliefs with new friends and kindred spirits. So many sensory engagements throughout the journey - we got to touch and feel the sacred land, smell and taste organic- earthy creations inspired from Icelandic nature presented by a beautiful family brimming with creativity. We got to feast on fresh traditional Icelandic food, and be deeply moved by soulful music performed by local musicians. And not forgetting several sightings of trolls on route! Truly a magical experience! Grateful to Tom, Ollie and Disa for organizing this amazing experience, what beautiful. authentic souls they are. Deeply grateful to Tom for providing me with a mode of transport to get around Iceland, with my injured foot! Play Iceland makes you GROW.I would highly recommend it. I left inspired, reflecting on positive, actionable ways forward...Let's Go Play! Marghanita Hughes, BC Canada
I couldn't resist the opportunity to join impresario Tom Shea's famous annual gathering of international early childhood education leaders in Reykjavik this October. And, notwithstanding touring the local otherworldly landscape with glimpses of mountains and the sea, a dip in the Blue Lagoon, and descent deep down a lava tube(!), for me the most memorable part of the program was the opportunity to meet so many brilliant and powerful women. A mix of nursery school directors, teachers, and ECE thought leaders, each is contributing to a robust peer network to share best practices, discuss new methodologies, and forge new friendships. Together we enjoyed visiting local schools, listening to thoughtful presentations and performances, and engaging in long conversations punctuated by hearty meals and the occasional adult beverage. The Play Iceland conference is an experience not to be missed. xoxoxo
This is not a conference: it is an ECE experience, one that I’ve been involved with from the start. I always learn, but more importantly, I return home more whole. I’ve come to expect the unexpected from the schools we visit and the magical country of Iceland, but it is the sharing of this experience with fellow ECE educators from around the world that makes Play Iceland the one-of-a-kind, transformative experience it is. I recommend it to to anyone seeking to broaden and deepen their experience as an ECE professional.
I spent 5 days in Iceland as part of international play 2019 and it was absolutely magical. I came away feeling inspired and motivated after spending time in beautiful nurseries with passionate teachers and practitioners. The visits and activities act as a catalyst for reflective conversation with the other trip goers, leading to new insights and a wealth of shared knowledge and experience. A massive thanks to all those involved!
International Play Iceland has been an important part of my journey into expanding my knowledge and practice within the early years. I have and continue to gain so much from what l observe in the Icelandic schools and the conversations l shared with other participants from around the world. International Play Iceland is a great opportunity and l highly recommend it to everyone. I have made some lifelong friendships and connections with so many special people. Tom, Ollie, Linda and Disa work so hard to organise everything and help make the experience truly magical.