Children's Access to Play in Schools ( CAPS ), a University of Gloucestershire project under the EU's Erasmus programme, is introducing its Play-friendly Schools Quality Criteria to the UK at an event in Gloucester on 5 December. Download details here.
In its response to the Labour Party's consulation on a statutory youth service, Unite the Union, which incorporates the former Community, Youth and Playworkers Union, has called for a return to the recognition of playwork qualifications. Unite's response says: "Unite believes that playworkers would also gain from an increased recognition of their professional skills especially … Continue reading Unite calls for Labour to reinstate recognition of playwork qualifications
In this new paper, Ben Dalbey, inspired by the writing of Wendy Russell and Mike Wragg in the recently-published Aspects of Playwork: Play & Culture Studies, Volume 14 (Hamilton Books, 2018), and quoting extensively from their work, attempts to apply some of their ideas to a US context informed by race and class. Abstract The … Continue reading What is playwork under neoliberalism?
A Second “Playwork Campference” has been announced for 15th-18th February 2019 in Houston. The organisers, Pop-Up Adventure Play, say it will bring together "international experts on children's play to discuss unconventional approaches to risk and inclusion" Full details here Photo: Calgary Community Services
A new paper by Joel Seath and Gordon Sturrock, derived from and following communications at the PlayEd conference in Cambridge, May 2018. Abstract Playwork’s key claim is its unique manner of working for and with children. It currently suffers, however, from a lack of consensus regarding the benefits of its application. This paper challenges the dilution … Continue reading Symbiotic homeostatic disequilibrium in playworking interaction