Introducing ARTPAD

Playwork Partnerships and the Drama Department of the University of Gloucestershire have been working for the past year on developing ARTPAD (Achieving Resilience Through Play and Drama) – a training course for teachers, youth workers and playworkers that explores how to use drama techniques and understand children’s play in order to support the development of … Continue reading Introducing ARTPAD

Nominations sought for Annual Playwork Awards

A message from the National Playwork Conference It is all go for nominations to the Annual Playwork Awards 2018 These awards set out to celebrate all that is good about the playwork sector. We aim to praise the work we do by identifying people and organisations who have made a noticeable contribution and difference to … Continue reading Nominations sought for Annual Playwork Awards

Second edition of ‘Reflective Playwork’ published

Bloomsbury has published the second edition of the popular Reflective Playwork, by Ali Wood and Jacky Kilvington. The authors say that the extensive new content means the book is now aimed at anyone – parent or professional – who wants to better understand play from a child’s perspective, and how to support it using the … Continue reading Second edition of ‘Reflective Playwork’ published

Fraser Brown’s ‘unique characteristics of playwork’ – a response from Gordon Sturrock

Gordon Sturrock here responds to Professor Fraser Brown’s paper, ‘What is unique about playwork?’, which was based on the latter’s presentation to the launch of the Playwork Foundation in November 2017. These unique characteristics for our work require some considerable evaluation. For the sake of brevity, I'll take the final proposition and use it as … Continue reading Fraser Brown’s ‘unique characteristics of playwork’ – a response from Gordon Sturrock

Playwork apprenticeship group surveys employers for evidence of demand

The Playwork Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group has issued a survey to assess the demand for the new qualifications it is developing. The group has put out a statement asking employers to respond, which we publish here in full. ATTENTION PLAYWORK EMPLOYERS We Need Your Help in developing the Playwork Apprenticeship Standards The purpose of a Trailblazer Group … Continue reading Playwork apprenticeship group surveys employers for evidence of demand

Hughes and Sturrock announce Play Ed 2018 

The playwork pioneers Bob Hughes and Gordon Sturrock have invited applications for a new Play Ed event on 2-3 May 2018, at the University Centre in Cambridge. We publish their announcement here Play Ed 2018 2nd and 3rd May 2018 Where are we now? Is playwork passing into myth? Dear Colleague, If, like us, you are … Continue reading Hughes and Sturrock announce Play Ed 2018 

What is unique about playwork?

At the launch of the Playwork Foundation in November 2017, Professor Fraser Brown described the elements of playwork practice that he identifies as unique within the children's workforce, using playwork stories to illustrate each point. He has now followed up his presentation with an expanded paper, which can be downloaded below, while the list of unique elements is set … Continue reading What is unique about playwork?

An organisation that reflects who we are

When Penny Wilson was asked to speak at the recent Playwork Foundation launch event, she took her brief seriously; consulting with colleagues and deeply reflecting, both on her practice and on the chequered history of playwork representation. The result was this impassioned entreaty for an organisation that can do justice to the extraordinary work that … Continue reading An organisation that reflects who we are

Playwork foundation launches at London event

The Playwork Foundation was launched as a membership organisation at a special event in London last week. The Playwork Foundation finally opened for business last week at a special launch event in London. Board members Ali Wood and Karen Benjamin, experienced playwork trainers, writers and consultants, introduced the event with a review of the foundation's development, … Continue reading Playwork foundation launches at London event