Play Wales publishes first of new series on play theory

Play Wales has released the first of a series of guides exploring some of the theories that influence the way adults understand children, the role of play and childhood, as well as the ethics of working with playing children. The first guide: Explores some of the ideas, concepts and theories of child development and childhood … Continue reading Play Wales publishes first of new series on play theory

MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE: A CALL FOR URGENT MASS ACTION

A message from The All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood Zoom Meeting open to all – Monday 8th February 2021 at 4.30 pmThe APPG is inviting you to an open meeting with the aim of encouraging and co-ordinating sector-wide activity to press for improved mental health support for children and young people.  It … Continue reading MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE: A CALL FOR URGENT MASS ACTION

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

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

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