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Dainfern College, in collaboration with Key to Learning Africa, will be hosting Vygotskian expert Galina Dolya at the Early Childhood Development Conference 'Playful Learning, Learningful Play' on 12 and 13 April 2019.


Conference keynote speaker Galina Dolya is an inspirational early years teacher and researcher, based in the United Kingdom. She is the Curriculum Director of Key to Learning, which has developed an innovative Vygotskian approach to Early Years Education. Galina is an acknowledged world-leading expert on the practical application of Vygotsky’s Theory of Learning and Development. She has worked at every level from Early Years to University and trained hundreds of teachers and trainers worldwide and is currently a Researcher for the Pedagogical Academy of Preschool Education, Moscow. Galina was recently cited in the Springer International Handbook of Early Childhood Education for her innovative Vygotskian approach to education in the early years.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from a 21st Century pioneer in early childhood education.


Galina will be joined by other inspirational speakers who will share their passion and vision for playing with purpose. Speakers include:

  • Prof. Josef de Beer & team (North West University)
  • Dr. Rinda Blom: Play therapist
  • Megan Faure & Lara Schoenfeld: PlaySense
  • Sylinde Roodt: Speech & Language therapist
  • Elsa Venter – Colourstrings music educator


Dainfern College is an independent, non-profit co-educational school based in the north of Johannesburg. The College prides itself on its visionary educational environment and staff continually research international educational trends and pedagogy, assessing and implementing their application within a South African context. As a member of the Round Square global network of schools spanning six continents and 50 countries, we embrace a passion for relevant, innovative, experiential learning and character education and the development of leadership so that our children become confident and competent citizens of the world. Our children develop strong foundations of Academics, Physical Literacy, Art and Culture within a curriculum that focuses on 21st Century skills (creativity, curiosity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication), core knowledge and cutting-edge pedagogy. 

The College is proud to be hosting this Early Childhood Development Conference as a platform from which to share new developments and research in this crucial area of education.

When and where?

Dainfern College Auditorium
96 Broadacres Drive
Northern Johannesburg
South Africa

Fri 12 Apr 2019 at 8:00 AM (SAST)
Sat 13 Apr 2019 at 5:00 PM (SAST)

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