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.
Although I would dearly be able to invest in the full Play Iceland experience one day, I have participated in the seminar programme for 2 years and on both occasions I came away energized! The speakers share their passion for excellent early years care and education, and I hope to be able to infuse that energy into my own practice in a home-based setting.
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!
Leaving an Australian warm sunny spring I headed to the UK and Iceland to learn a few things Alongside children to play and learn and reignite my teaching passion and maintain its’ burn Meeting Tom Shea who was to be our host A gentle caring man wiser than most Filled me with warmth sincerity and hope That play for children is as important as religion to a Pope Although the weather was slightly cooler and grey Together we made shine the value of play And learnt from professionals from far and wide Who instilled in us knowledge and pride. The wonderful Disa introduced us to her family and homeland The schools, nurseries and beautiful Iceland And many places we travelled under Ollie’s plans...a very patient fun and tolerant man. We journeyed into volcanoes, ate well and touched black sand Warmed in pools, played games and were fans of the Tim and Ollie band. Respect I have loads for other educators I met New friendships I’ve made and won’t forget An although no Northern lights this time over the sea Shining lights in others I did see With heartfelt thanks to Tom , Disa and Ollie And all who taught and educated me I’ve left with inspiration, joy and glee And who knew..even found the light in me.