Special, disabled or just unique? Language can be important, but attitude is everything.

  In this adapted re-blog from the First Discoverers website, Adrian Voce discusses the language of disability and suggests that attitudes and understanding, more than institutional terminology, are the key to supporting all children equally. Working with children who are deemed to have ‘Special Educational Needs’ or ‘disabilities’ (SEND), and their families, can, especially to the … Continue reading Special, disabled or just unique? Language can be important, but attitude is everything.

Why we need the Playwork Foundation

In this adapted version of an article originally published in the International Journal of Play, Adrian Voce places the establishment of the Playwork Foundation in its historical context, and suggests that such a vehicle for practitioners is an essential development if playwork is to overcome its current challenges Playwork is an approach to working with … Continue reading Why we need the Playwork Foundation

Steering group plans take shape

The steering group for the new Playwork Foundation has met for a two-day residential workshop to develop its plans and resolve outstanding administrative issues associated with the organisation's imminent launch. The meeting, on 5-6 July, made substantial progress towards establishing the body as a new charitable organisation, and on its first programme of work. The steering group also … Continue reading Steering group plans take shape

10 reasons to continue providing adventure playgrounds

  Playwork is an essential component of adventure playgrounds, a form of staffed provision renowned the world over as offering children the best opportunities to play within a dedicated, managed setting. Most adventure playgrounds are situated in areas of high density, limited open space, multiple deprivation, or a combination of all three. They offer children … Continue reading 10 reasons to continue providing adventure playgrounds