Tomorrow is set to be a bumper election day in Great Britain! In England alone, there will be local council elections, mayoral elections, Mayor of London elections, London Assembly elections and Police & Crime Commissioner* elections. Some of these are elections that were postponed in 2020 due to the outbreak of COVID-19. *Police & Crime … Continue reading Will Cardiff Bay speak up for play after election day?
Nearly halfway through the Year of Childhood for 2021, which includes becoming the first nation in the world to directly incorporate the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into domestic law, Scots will be heading to the polls to elect a new Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government. Scottish Out of School … Continue reading Will parents hold the key to a new Holyrood?
The Playwork Foundation is to play a supporting role in the new play conference, Play 2021, being organised by Playful Planet and the University of Birmingham on 7-8 July. Play 2021, a conference on children, play and space, will be an online event but the organisers are also hopeful that in-person delegates will be allowed … Continue reading Foundation to support new play conference
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
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
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
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
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
The Government has published detailed guidance on opening up holiday play schemes and after-school provision in England. Guidance for providers can be found here. Guidance for parents and carers can be found here. Photo: Meriden Adventure Playground
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