Changing Play Projects
Ed Webb-Ingall’s project Like Coming Home (2019-ongoing) brings together families impacted by the housing crisis, asking who makes the rules and decisions about the way we live. Everyday Resistance (2018-ongoing) by Jasleen Kaur centres the experiences of mothers of colour and mothers who are newly arrived to the country and asks how we can create a network of care to support ourselves and others.
Which Way Now? (2018-ongoing) by Sam Curtis develops a practice of child-led walks to bring children and the local neighbourhood closer in dialogue, while Rights to… (2017-19) by Emma McGarry and Adam JB Walker looks at why and how children labelled with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) are being failed by schools. Adelita Husni-Bey’s Who Cares? (2017-19) asks how we can care for each other when the systems of care are being dismantled all around us.
Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad’s On What Grounds (2017-19) and Albert Potrony’s Play as Radical Practice (2016-18) and explore the liberatory potential of play and its increasing marginalisation in the education system. Invisible Spaces of Parenthood’s project Shapes (2014-2018) addresses the marginalisation of early years practice within art and education, and highlights the importance of state-maintained nursery schools in the context of ongoing government cuts.
About Portman Early Learning Centre
The Portman Early Childhood Centre provides education, care and family support services for young children and their families living in the Church Street area of Westminster, North London. These include a nursery school, adult education classes, family support, employment services, parenting groups and workshops.