Playwork Foundation membership launch – 8 November

Wednesday, 8 November 2017 1.00 - 4.30 pm Goldsmiths, University of London, SE14 Free, with refreshments Room number RHB 300 Goldsmiths College New Cross London, SE14 6NW  Speakers include Professor Fraser Brown, Penny Wilson, Adrian Voce and Meynell The Playwork Foundation is launching a membership scheme. To mark the occasion, this event is an opportunity … Continue reading Playwork Foundation membership launch – 8 November

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, Canada.  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 playwork theory. In the last twenty years, elements of … Continue reading The Play Cycle 20 Years On

‘Youth vs. the world’

Like so many, Meriden Adventure Playground, in the West Midlands, is having to fight a rearguard action to preserve even its meagre level of funding. It faces an uncertain future; something not lost on its young users. These include a girl called Misha, who earlier this week delivered this message, via the playground staff, to the … Continue reading ‘Youth vs. the world’

Withdrawing qualifications is another blow to playwork

Play England has reported that CACHE (Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education) has closed its Level 2 Award and Certificate, Level 3 Award and Level 4 Award and Certificate qualifications to new registrations. The other main awarding organisation, City and Guilds are also now only open for registrations of full Diplomas at levels 2, … Continue reading Withdrawing qualifications is another blow to playwork

An overview of playwork qualifications in the UK

Changes to the regulatory framework and a steep decline in services have led to a fragmented landscape for playwork training and qualifications in the UK. This briefing, produced in consultation with the four UK national play bodies, attempts to clarify the picture in each of the home nations. If you would prefer to download this briefing … Continue reading An overview of playwork qualifications in the UK

Adventure playgrounds are too important to consign to history

A variety of recent projects in the arts, heritage and academic sectors have taken adventure playgrounds as their theme, bringing welcome attention to this important part of the UK play scene. However, cautions Adrian Voce, it would be a mistake, and a missed opportunity, if the surge of interest were to be predominantly nostalgic or … Continue reading Adventure playgrounds are too important to consign to history

Sharing memories of ‘endangered’ adventure playgrounds

The University of Gloucestershire has launched the report, and a short film, of its Sharing Memories of Adventure Playgrounds (SMAP) research project. The project worked with adventure playgrounds in the cities of Bristol and Gloucester to gather memories of those involved – as children, staff, families and communities – over their history, in order to explore their … Continue reading Sharing memories of ‘endangered’ adventure playgrounds

Back to the (possible) Futures of Playwork

In 2007-8 there was an ambitious project to engage the playwork field in a dialogue about its possible future, and the structures it might need to get there. Here, Adrian Voce, who, as Play England's director, initiated the project, and Dr. Pete King, who has researched it, introduce Dr. King's 2015 paper about the initiative, which we are … Continue reading Back to the (possible) Futures of Playwork

How to start an adventure playground

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Play Everything

There are some questions about adventure playgrounds that we at Pop-Up Adventure Play get asked a lot.

“What about liability insurance?”

“Who pays for these places?”

“Are they really safe?”

And, our favorite:

“How do I open one??”

When people ask this, flushed with new excitement, it’s worth taking a moment to step back and rethink the question.  On the one hand, we want to see as many adventure playgrounds as possible.  We’re thrilled to be part of this new wave of interest in adventure playgrounds, and to be helping those new sites with their staff training.  But more importantly, we want all adventure playgrounds to be great adventure playgrounds.

And that comes down to staffing.

Great playworkers can make the most of a site that is frankly crap, while uptight or apathetic playworkers can ruin the richest of environments.  We all share a burden of anti-child, anti-play education…

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Playwork ‘Campference’ announced in California for Feb. 2017

(Reblogged from Pop-Up Adventure Play) The UK based Pop-up Adventure Play is teaming up with Santa Clarita Valley Adventure Play to host a first time Playwork Campference in Val Verde, CA 16-19 February 2017. The Campference will headline Professor Fraser Brown, Head of Playwork at Leeds Beckett University’s School of Health & Community Studies, Erin Davis, … Continue reading Playwork ‘Campference’ announced in California for Feb. 2017