Get your hands on the autumn issue of Play for Wales magazine


Yes, it focuses on what’s going on in Wales, but the latest issue of Play for Wales magazine is definitely worth a read even if you’re elsewhere in the UK. Titled ‘Playful Communities’, it contains a few lovely articles on the value of play, advocacy, current national projects and a really interesting feature on how Aberdeen removed all their ‘No Ball Games’ signs. You can read it all here .  

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Thinking of studying play? Undergraduate study, Free PhDs and more


Updated on 21 November 2016.   We thought we’d help out and give you a few options in case you’re thinking of studying play and need more information or a bit of a push. This is not an extensive list of play and playwork qualifications or training opportunities, so if you know of a good one that isn’t listed, let us know.   UNDERGRADUATE STUDY Leeds Beckett University is the only university in the country to offer an undergraduate Playwork course (that isn’t related to just early years or education). They have recently changed the name of the BA(Hons) course […]

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Planning a Playday event? Check this out first!

Whether you are still contemplating the thought of doing something on Playday event or you are set and ready to go, we encourage you to register your playful event here and share it with the world. This year’s Playday will take place on Wednesday 3 August and the theme is Play Matters. Play Wales reminds us that as well as being a celebration of the child’s right to play, Playday is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children’s lives – impacting on their health, well-being, and happiness. On Playday, thousands of children and their families get out to play at hundreds […]

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Bold move to kickstart an outdoor play renaissance in Canada from Tim Gill


Tim Gill reported on his blog last week the Lawson Foundation, a Canadian family foundation, launched an ambitious outdoor play strategy with the announcement of $2.7 million (£1.3 million; $US 1.9 million) in funding for 14 projects. The strategy has an explicit and exclusive focus on unstructured outdoor play. Tackling risk aversion is a prominent theme, building on the Foundation’s recent support for a groundbreaking consensus position statement [pdf link] whose key message is that the biggest risk is keeping kids indoors. The breadth of the programme is striking, with a bold mix of approaches, disciplines and geographical coverage. The projects cover community action, […]

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Join Yorkshire Play

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Yorkshire Play is a networking organisation. Our members are kept up to date with play news, upcoming events, relevant funding information and job opportunities. Membership is free and you can join by filling in your details below.

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Great resource center for Inclusive play

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If you are seeking archive material from the Playwork Inclusion Project, or the Mainstreaming Inclusion Project, you can find them all accessible in the blogposts below along with a very brief introduction to Lady Allen, an inspirational figure whose legacy informed the work of the National Development Department. KIDS National Development Department has produced a wealth of material over the past 10 years, however as governments, initiatives and policy changes, some of the archive material has become dated and may not reflect current practice. In the first instance, if you are seeking up to date information, please visit the KIDS website where some […]

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