Wales’ adventure playgrounds take playwork to their communities in lockdown

Playworker Sîon Edwards describes how the adventure playgrounds in Wales are responding to the Covid-19 crisis with their customary playfulness and innovation. All four playgrounds in Wales are in the northeast, with three in Wrexham and one in Rhyl. Fortunately, this close proximity means I’m able to give a bit of an update on the … Continue reading Wales’ adventure playgrounds take playwork to their communities in lockdown

Rising to the Covid challenge

Julia Sexton, a trustee of Pitsmoor Adventure Playground, describes how the physical space of the playground is giving way, during lockdown, to the relational space of the project's integral links with its community Adventure playgrounds are more than just physical spaces. They are relational spaces (Lester, Fitzpatrick and Russell, 2014); each unique and individual, created … Continue reading Rising to the Covid challenge

Serving our community in lockdown

Before the lockdown... Ali Wood, a trustee of Meriden Adventure Playground in the West Midlands, describes how the lockdown has affected the service, and how the playground has become part of the wider community response. Meriden Adventure Playground is currently closed, as are other adventure playgrounds. We have furloughed most of our staff and been … Continue reading Serving our community in lockdown

Foundation seminars remember Sturrock and Else

Early this year The Playwork Foundation launched a new series of seminars around the UK, about the Play Cycle, taken from Gordon Sturrock and Perry Else's now-famous Colorado Paper – The playground as Therapeutic Space: Playwork as Healing.The Play Cycle helps us better understand children’s playing and the ways in which they communicate and behave … Continue reading Foundation seminars remember Sturrock and Else

Academics highlight children’s need for street play during lockdown

There are growing calls this morning for governments and local authorities to urgently look at steps to allow more children to use their local streets for outside play. A new paper by Prof. Alison Stenning and Dr. Wendy Russell explores the issues around children's access to space during government restrictions, within the context of the … Continue reading Academics highlight children’s need for street play during lockdown

A Manifesto for Play

Policy Proposals for Children's Play in England Play England, the Playwork Foundation and the International Play Association (England), have joined forces to publish a Manifesto for Play, ahead of any upcoming General Election. The Manifesto, based on a series of consultations with children’s professionals, calls on Britain’s political parties to include Leadership, Legislation and Investment in … Continue reading A Manifesto for Play

Did you attend an after-school club during the 1990s or 2000s?

When you were at school you may have attended an after-school club at the end of the school day.  The after-school club may have been in your school, community hall or even a leisure centre.  The after-school club was not part of the school curriculum run by the school (for example it is not a … Continue reading Did you attend an after-school club during the 1990s or 2000s?

The right to play is for every child, regardless of where they live

'She seems genuinely impressed when she hears about the freedom and control that children have here, and especially at the sense of community and social connection they exhibit: that this is their place, of which they are immensely proud. Before she moves on, The Princess Royal turns to me and says that these children, from … Continue reading The right to play is for every child, regardless of where they live