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

Welsh playwork trainer qualification now available in England

A collaboration of the Playwork Foundation and Play Wales has resulted in the Award in Delivering Dynamic Playwork Training (ADDaPT) being made available in England. Ali Wood reports. Are you a playwork trainer or have offered playwork training?  In England, the only playwork qualifications currently available are in the form of apprenticeships, and take-up is … Continue reading Welsh playwork trainer qualification now available in England

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

Playwork apprenticeship group hopes for third time lucky in trailblazer bid

The government panel did not think there were sufficient differences between playwork and early years education. Ali Wood reports on the current situation of potential government funding for playwork training in England* The playwork apprenticeship group in England has been advised that its second expression of interest to qualify for the government's Trailblazer Apprenticeship programme, … Continue reading Playwork apprenticeship group hopes for third time lucky in trailblazer bid

Unite calls for Labour to reinstate recognition of playwork qualifications

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

The Play Cycle 20 Years On

In 1998, Gordon Sturrock and the late Perry Else presented a paper at the IPA International Play Conference in Colorado, USA.  The paper was titled ‘The playground as therapeutic space: playwork as healing’, later referred to as The Colorado Paper and introduced the Play Cycle to play  theory. In the last twenty years, elements of the Play … Continue reading The Play Cycle 20 Years On