Foundation to support new play conference

The Playwork Foundation is to play a supporting role in the new play conference, Play 2021, being organised by Playful Planet and the University of Birmingham on 7-8 July. Play 2021, a conference on children, play and space, will be an online event but the organisers are also hopeful that in-person delegates will be allowed … Continue reading Foundation to support new play conference

Annual Public Meeting

Annual Public Meeting Tuesday 29th June 2021 10.00 am - 12 noon A G E N D A 1.   Welcomes and introductions 2.   Chair’s Report 3.   Financial Report 4.   Short presentations:- ·        The state of playwork across the UK by each of the four national play organisations ·        Pete King on his post-Covid research with playworkers ·        Sion & Penny on ‘Playwork in … Continue reading Annual Public Meeting

Will Cardiff Bay speak up for play after election day?

Tomorrow is set to be a bumper election day in Great Britain!  In England alone, there will be local council elections, mayoral elections, Mayor of London elections, London Assembly elections and Police & Crime Commissioner* elections. Some of these are elections that were postponed in 2020 due to the outbreak of COVID-19.  *Police & Crime … Continue reading Will Cardiff Bay speak up for play after election day?

Will parents hold the key to a new Holyrood?

Nearly halfway through the Year of Childhood for 2021, which includes becoming the first nation in the world to directly incorporate the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into domestic law, Scots will be heading to the polls to elect a new Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government.  Scottish Out of School … Continue reading Will parents hold the key to a new Holyrood?

Child development vs child Education

In this original article, one of the country’s leading experts in children’s outdoor play, Rob Wheway, criticises the UK Government for neglecting children’s development, suggesting that the Covid-19 restrictions further increase the damage to their physical and mental health. The UK Government's exclusive focus on school-based education, ignoring children's out-of-school activity, is damaging. It wrongly … Continue reading Child development vs child Education

Play Wales publishes first of new series on play theory

Play Wales has released the first of a series of guides exploring some of the theories that influence the way adults understand children, the role of play and childhood, as well as the ethics of working with playing children. The first guide: Explores some of the ideas, concepts and theories of child development and childhood … Continue reading Play Wales publishes first of new series on play theory

Inspecting your adventure playground

As practitioner-led structure building declines, Rob Wheway of the Children's Play Advisory Service explains how inspection training is part of a renaisance of this quintessential feature of the traditional adventure playground. Over the course of its history, adventure play has had a variety of attributes promulgated as its defining practice ethos, with different aspects taking … Continue reading Inspecting your adventure playground

MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE: A CALL FOR URGENT MASS ACTION

A message from The All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood Zoom Meeting open to all – Monday 8th February 2021 at 4.30 pmThe APPG is inviting you to an open meeting with the aim of encouraging and co-ordinating sector-wide activity to press for improved mental health support for children and young people.  It … Continue reading MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE: A CALL FOR URGENT MASS ACTION

Mapping adventure playgrounds in the UK

The Playwork Foundation is attempting to compile a current database of adventure playgrounds, knowing that there have sadly been many closures in recent years. We also want to extend the scope of the data to cover the whole of the UK.  We are asking members and supporters to help us to review the attached spreadsheet … Continue reading Mapping adventure playgrounds in the UK

All-Wales Playworkers Forum, 2020

by Simon Bazley The All Wales Playworkers Forum has been running since 2007. Orginally established by Play Wales to provide a forum for those working in adventure playgrounds it has evolved to meet the needs of the sector.  The Playworkers Forum is run by a dedicated steering group of playworkers, for playworkers.  In the past … Continue reading All-Wales Playworkers Forum, 2020