Playwork in Progress – new session announced

Online: 31 August, 2 - 3 pm Following the success of the first Playwork in Progress online reflective practice session, we’re back with the 2nd session on Monday 31st August, 2 – 3pm. This is a chance for playworkers from across the UK (and, who knows, beyond!) to come together and share their experiences of playwork in this … Continue reading Playwork in Progress – new session announced

Researching playful streets during the Covid-19 lockdown

Wendy Russell and Alison Stenning are today launching a survey to explore experiences of playfulness on streets during the Covid-19 lockdown in the UK. If you have something to say about play, or playful acts, on your street and in your neighbourhood, please have a look here: https://newcastle.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/playful-streets-covid… Please do fill this survey in and please do share! … Continue reading Researching playful streets during the Covid-19 lockdown

COVID-19 AND CHILDREN’S PLAY: THE RISKS AND BENEFITS

The Play Safety Forum and the UK's four national play bodies have jointly published a report by risk and play specialists Professor David Ball, Tim Gill, and Andy Yates, about Covid-19 and children's play. After surveying the current evidence, the report concludes that current UK policy 'is much more harmful to children than beneficial' and … Continue reading COVID-19 AND CHILDREN’S PLAY: THE RISKS AND BENEFITS

Conference goes online

Meynell Games offers two new opportunities for the playwork community to stay connected Meynell Games, organiser of the annual National Playwork Conference, has launched two new projects designed to take aspects of the playwork discourse on-line. Meynell TV This is a short (approximately 15-minute) TV talk show available from 9:00 every Monday on YouTube. 8 … Continue reading Conference goes online

Birmingham adventure playgrounds featured in oral history project

Meriden Adventure Playground is one of those featured in the Let Us Play archive exhibition General Public's Oral Histories has launched part one of it's Let Us Play project, an investigation of the ‘state of play’ today. Initially this involves the collation of an archive of material to capture the Birmingham adventure playground movement of … Continue reading Birmingham adventure playgrounds featured in oral history project

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

Welsh playwork training delivered in England

A collaboration between Play Wales and the Playwork Foundation, has seen the ADDaPT course now been delivered for the first time to a group of playwork trainers in England. The Welsh ‘Award in Delivering Dynamic Play Training’ (ADDaPT), forms part of Play Wales’ quality assurance for playwork qualifications, and only those trainers who can demonstrate … Continue reading Welsh playwork training delivered in England

Annual General Meeting 29 May 2020

The Playwork Foundation will hold its Annual General Meeting, via Zoom, on Friday 29th May 2020 at 10 am. Playwork Foundation members are most welcome to attend, to catch up on all we have been doing, and help form our plans going forward. If you are a member and would like to attend, please email the Playwork Foundation … Continue reading Annual General Meeting 29 May 2020

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