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
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
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
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
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
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
6th February 1948 - 16th June 2019 Gordon Sturrock, who has died, aged 71, was a giant of playwork: a voracious scholar and a fierce, original thinker, with a radical vision of the importance of play in the lives of children and society. Although critical of how the practice was adapted by public policy in … Continue reading Gordon Sturrock
1 July 201910.30 - 16.00 University of Gloucestershire Oxstalls CampusOxstalls LaneGloucesterGL2 9HW The Playwork Foundation is holding a meeting of its members, the first, other than our policy roadshow events, since registering as a charity in 2018. This meeting will be crucial to the future of the Foundation, and we would love to see you there. … Continue reading Members meeting
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Which writers and which fields of study, if any, have most influenced your playwork practice? Masters student Adrian Voce is researching the academic and other influences on playwork and would like your help (he has promised to share the results with us in a future edition!) Please complete the short … Continue reading What influences playwork?
When you were at school you may have attended an after-school club at the end of the school day. The after-school club may have been in your school, community hall or even a leisure centre. The after-school club was not part of the school curriculum run by the school (for example it is not a … Continue reading Did you attend an after-school club during the 1990s or 2000s?