Specialist Areas of Interest

Teacher Tom on the Play First Summit and reflections on the current situation

Posted on .

Teacher Tom on the Play First Summit and reflections on the current situation


Teacher Tom is a preschool teacher, blogger, speaker, artist and author, based in Seattle. He has written Teacher Tom’s First Book and Teacher Tom’s Second Book, as well as having a very active blog site.

After nearly 20 years as the preschool teacher at the Woodland Park Cooperative School teaching children aged from 2 to 5, he is now working with businesses and other institutions to help make high-quality, play-based preschool education a possibility for children everywhere.

In this special interview, we start with a quote from one of Tom’s blog posts – the current pandemic is a ‘once in a lifetime, transformative opportunity to experience the world in new ways, for better and worse’.

We discuss the opportunities and benefits; the effects on families; concerns about ‘falling behind’ in academic work; teachers and the importance of maintaining relationships; the aims behind the Play First Summit that Sally Haughey and Teacher Tom are hosting on 20th to 24th July 2020

You can find the Play First Summit here:

Teacher Tom’s very active blogspot is here:

Teacher Tom’s book are available from here:

And in the UK from Fafunia here:

Books that Tom mentions:
A Paradise Built in Hell by Rebecca Solnit

The Gardener and the Carpenter by Alison Gopnik

Sorry - this video is for Premium Members Only

Each Early Years TV video is available to watch for free for one week until the next video is posted up.

If you'd like to get access to all the interviews - current, past and future - then you can sign up for Early Years TV Premium.

For a small fee you get access to our archive of every interview we've done, plus any we do in future for as long as you remain a member. 

This also includes a free Professional Development Certificate for every interview you watch.

Kathy Brodie

Kathy Brodie