A Manifesto for Play

Policy Proposals for Children's Play in England Play England, the Playwork Foundation and the International Play Association (England), have joined forces to publish a Manifesto for Play, ahead of any upcoming General Election. The Manifesto, based on a series of consultations with children’s professionals, calls on Britain’s political parties to include Leadership, Legislation and Investment in … Continue reading A Manifesto for Play

Welsh playwork trainer qualification now available in England

A collaboration of the Playwork Foundation and Play Wales has resulted in the Award in Delivering Dynamic Playwork Training (ADDaPT) being made available in England. Ali Wood reports. Are you a playwork trainer or have offered playwork training?  In England, the only playwork qualifications currently available are in the form of apprenticeships, and take-up is … Continue reading Welsh playwork trainer qualification now available in England

The right to play is for every child, regardless of where they live

'She seems genuinely impressed when she hears about the freedom and control that children have here, and especially at the sense of community and social connection they exhibit: that this is their place, of which they are immensely proud. Before she moves on, The Princess Royal turns to me and says that these children, from … Continue reading The right to play is for every child, regardless of where they live

Members meeting

1 July 201910.30 - 16.00 University of Gloucestershire Oxstalls CampusOxstalls LaneGloucesterGL2 9HW The Playwork Foundation is holding a meeting of its members, the first, other than our policy roadshow events, since registering as a charity in 2018.  This meeting will be crucial to the future of the Foundation, and we would love to see you there. … Continue reading Members meeting

What influences playwork?

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Which writers and which fields of study, if any, have most influenced your playwork practice? Masters student Adrian Voce is researching the academic and other influences on playwork and would like your help (he has promised to share the results with us in a future edition!) Please complete the short … Continue reading What influences playwork?

Did you attend an after-school club during the 1990s or 2000s?

When you were at school you may have attended an after-school club at the end of the school day.  The after-school club may have been in your school, community hall or even a leisure centre.  The after-school club was not part of the school curriculum run by the school (for example it is not a … Continue reading Did you attend an after-school club during the 1990s or 2000s?

Playwork apprenticeship group hopes for third time lucky in trailblazer bid

The government panel did not think there were sufficient differences between playwork and early years education. Ali Wood reports on the current situation of potential government funding for playwork training in England* The playwork apprenticeship group in England has been advised that its second expression of interest to qualify for the government's Trailblazer Apprenticeship programme, … Continue reading Playwork apprenticeship group hopes for third time lucky in trailblazer bid

Let’s make this thing our metaphorical campfire

Penny Wilson offers a personal view of the struggles of playwork in a world that undervalues play, and of how the Playwork Foundation represents an opportunity for developing our common cause, building mutual support and working together for the growing recognition we deserve. Sometimes, being a playworker feels isolated. We struggle – with local authorities, … Continue reading Let’s make this thing our metaphorical campfire