Registration Opens May 11th, 2021



Let's transform your early childhood classroom from teacher directed to play based, and child led.


There is so much information out there  about play based learning that you don't even know where to start?

You need the support of like minded people to walk through this jouney with you?

Struggle to explain to parents the benefits of play based learning?

Want to give children a developmentally appropriate environment but struggle letting go of societal expectations?

The Play Based Masterclass was designed to help early childhood educators transform their practice from dabbling with play, to fully play based.  From teacher directed to child centered. From stressful and structured, to relaxed and magical.

This 12 week course starts March 8, 2021 and is designed to take you through the foundations of play based learning all the way to implementing all you have learned.  New content is delivered each week through video lessons and your very own Playbook for Play!

Kristen leads weekly zoom sessions to connect with course participants, help navigate questions, laugh, support, reflect and form a troop of like minded individuals walking the same path.

Registration Opens May 11th, 2021

This course had given me the confidence I needed to shout PLAY from the rooftops!!  The content was fun and easy to follow, even with a busy schedule.  I love connecting with like-minded educators, which was truly an invaluable part of the experience!

The Play Based Learning Masterclass has been such an amazing experience!  Kristen gives you so much information in an organized fashion that makes sense and isn't overwhelming.  I was able to do this course at my own pace so I didn't have to sacrifice family time to complete it.  I loved that I was able to have a "TROOP" of people that are all on a play based journey and are able to share resources and support each other.  Kristen created a safe learning environment where people can ask questions and get advice.  I am on my way to being a better teacher for my kids and I have let go of my worries about what other people think because I am now armed with knowledge and research that supports my practice.

You could build the early childhood classroom or program you've dreamed of.

You could ditch detailed lesson plans and set up the classroom environment for optimal discovery and exploration.

You could reignite your passion for early childhood education and remember why you chose this path.

You could have the confidence to fully implement play based learning and give children a magical childhood.

Registration Opens May 11th, 2021

Nine years ago I was teaching preschool in a traditional program.  I was overwhelmed with planning and prepping and teaching AT children.  I struggled with behavior management, and fitting in all of the letters of the alphabet and getting kids to sit still at circle time.

Then I found play.  I leaned in.  I learned and reflected and implemented.  I created a preschool in my community that gives children the most magical childhood.   


In the process of starting my own program, I was overwhelmed with all of the information out there about play based learning.  I didn't know what to implement and when to implement it.  I spent the last 8 years gathering and implementing and here I am now...

I did the work for you so I could be here to guide you through your journey.

If you are ready to put full belief in years of brain research that clearly shows that children learn through play, I am inviting you to become a part of Troop Play Based Learning.  I want to walk this journey with you, give you the tools you need and be your biggest cheerleader!

 you yearn to teach in a more developmentally appropriate way

 you want to fine tune your play knowledge

 you want a program or classroom that supports brain research

 you want to transform into a confident advocate for play

 you want a community of people to support your play based learning journey

Registration Opens May 11th, 2021


the definition of play, what play is and what it isn't, the foundations of early childhood and the power of relationships in a play environment


indoor spaces and outdoor spaces, how to facilitate play through the classroom environment, loose parts, open ended materials and more

The Adult's Role

documentation, planning, assessment, supporting turn taking, risk taking, voluntary sympathy, rough and tumble play and communication


forest school basics, supporting children with time, space, freedom, a yes environment, process art, creativity and movement

What is the definition of play?  What is considered play and what's not?  What is developmentally appropriate practice and how do we use that knowledge to craft and support a play based learning experience?  How does Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs fit into the play equation? 

In week two you will dive into the building blocks of a play based program. Time, space, freedom of exploration, outdoor play, and controlling the environment (not the child) to name a few!

You will get to learn all about documentation, styles of documentation, assessment, and the adult's role as play facilitator in the early childhood setting.

During week nine you will get to explore behavior management in the form of social and emotional support, supporting  taking turns and long turns and supporting voluntary sympathy in the early childhood setting.

  • 10 years of experience and personal research compiled into powerful, bite size chunks
  • access to all of Kristen's program handbooks, play handouts and assessment forms
  • a 50+ page Playbook of Play
  • a troop of like minded people
  • weekly live check-ins
  • 12 weeks of training
  • a completion certificate totalling 24 hours 

Total Value = $1997

Registration Opens May 11th, 2021







Stop trying to find a boxed curriculum that actually engages the children?

Start facilitating play and feel confident when talking about play?

Join a group of like-minded educators?

Give children the gift of a magical and developmentally appropriate childhood?

Discover the magic that can happen when children are trusted with their own learning?