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

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

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

Questions to a playworker…

Adele Cleaver trained as a playworker in Birmingham back in 2010. She calls herself “a nomadic Brummie” who after dabbling in playful adventures and community work in Leeds, London and Birmingham and Ghana, Portugal, Brazil, Uganda and Kenya now resides in Bournemouth on the south coast of England with her 4-year-old daughter and husband.  In … Continue reading Questions to a playworker…

Meriden in the pandemic

Trustee Ali Wood describes how Meriden Adventure Playground, in Chelmsley Wood in the West Midlands, is managing to continue its vital work through the Covid crisis Like all other playgrounds, we had to close during the lockdown.  We furloughed most of the staff but kept two on to stay in touch with the community and … Continue reading Meriden in the pandemic

Level 2 Apprenticeship in Playwork

by Gill GamesChair of the Playwork Trailblazer Apprenticeship Group Over three years ago now, a group of playwork employers began the journey to build a new Trailblazer Apprenticeship for Playworkers.  Probably if those involved had realised the size of the mountain (actually that should be mountains) in front of them, this journey might never have … Continue reading Level 2 Apprenticeship in Playwork

Researching playfulness on the streets during lockdown

By Alison Stenning and Wendy Russell A bit of background This research is part of a larger project that Alison was working on, funded by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, focused on how organised street play sessions using the Playing Out model were remaking relationships between people and places on the street. Fieldwork on this project … Continue reading Researching playfulness on the streets during lockdown

Playwork in the North East steps up to the Covid challenge

Jackie Boldon, a new trustee of the Playwork Foundation, describes some of the different ways that organisations in the North East have responded to children’s need and right to play in Newcastle and North Tyneside: Elswick Lamp Post Play Project Playworkers from Play in Newcastle ran multiple projects across Newcastle in different school and community … Continue reading Playwork in the North East steps up to the Covid challenge