Meet the Team


The Play Coach

Emma Tempest

I’ve been working in the early childhood field since 2007 after graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University in England with a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education. Since moving to Arkansas in the USA in 2016, I have been engaged with the early childhood field on a local and state level – attending training events and representing early childhood educators as a board member of the Northwest Arkansas Early Childhood Association and the Arkansas Early Childhood Association. I’m a strong advocate for play, I write about my experiences on my blog (which you can find right here!). It has led me to create bespoke training and coaching for educators and families around how children learn through the power of play, and play as a tool for building a strong foundation of wellbeing for children and adults alike.

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The Play Promoter

Jac'y Graf

I have experienced much joy throughout my 35 years as an educator.  It all began a few years ago once I graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education.  While I was strengthening my talents as an elementary teacher, I became interested in the power of play in regard to young children with developmental delays.  This interest guided me in pursuing credentials in Early Childhood Special Education which led me to a career path in Early Childhood Education where I encourage children and adults to experience the benefits of learning through play.  Since then I have become a trainer and coach who provides support to administrators, teachers, children and their families to promote learning through play while building strong trusting connections.

"Play is the language of childhood. Playing with our children may sound like nonsense to us, but it sounds like love to them."
L.R. Knost


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