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Unlocking the power of play for physical, mental, intellectual, and socio-emotional wellbeing throughout the lifespan.
Let's collaborate to create the conditions for meaningful play experiences
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Play-based learning is rapidly becoming a preferred teaching methodology both within New Zealand and internationally. Ann offers professional development, resources and support for educators looking to develop and solidify their play practices, with particular expertise in forest schooling, loose parts provision, and tinkering/makerspace pedagogy.  
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To survive and thrive in a dynamic business market, organisations often depend on their staff to learn new skills and think creatively. Through entertaining and humorous speaking engagements, workshop delivery, and in-depth consulting services, Ann supports businesses to harness the power of play for professional learning and innovation.  
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Play provision for all ages is increasingly recognised as an important community goal for maximising physical, mental, social and emotional wellbeing. Ann works with local, regional, and national government agencies, as well as community organisations, to develop policies, practices, and programmes that promote play throughout the lifespan.  
Thoughts and feelings about EVERYTHING play.
Playcentre, Playcentre Aotearoa

“How did it get like this?”I’ve been asked this question many times since my previous post describing the events of the Playcentre Aotearoa Annual General Meeting in late July.  As is usually the case, there are no simple answers… but I can share my perspective based on observing and participating in national Playcentre governance over the past 6 years.  In fact, in attempting to understand the situation, I’ve gone right back to before my first child was born, even back before I had moved to NZ. I had the experience ofSEE DETAILS

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Playcentre Aotearoa

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Ako: Everyone is a teacher and everyone is a learner...
Ann Langis
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Ann is a passionate advocate for play with over 25 years’ experience working alongside children from early childhood through to college, as well as holding a master's degree in Education from Harvard University. Her practical experiences as a parent of 3 children, Playcentre educator, classroom teacher, and Conscious Kids Education Co-Founder and Director have solidified her understanding of the conditions required for authentic and meaningful play to emerge, for learners of all ages. The provision of outdoor risky play is her particular area of expertise, including nature play, large loose parts, and tinkering/makerspace. When she’s not thinking about play, writing about play, or talking about play, she can be found outside playing, generally climbing a tree or having an impromptu boogie in the grass.  
Speaking Engagements
  1. New Zealand Recreation Conference 2018

  2. Air New Zealand Un-conference 2019

  3. Sustainable Schools Hui 2019

  4. Devonport-Takapuna Kahui Ako Conference 2019

  5. Natural Phenomena Conference 2019

  6. MUV talks 2019

  7. Shipwrecked Music and Arts Festival 2019

  8. Green Pavlova Recreation Aotearoa Conference 2020

  9. Longworth Joy of Play Conference 2020

Green Pavlova Recreation Aotearoa Conference 2020
MUV talks 2019
NZ Herald July 2018
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