This year has been all about love….

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To sum up a somewhat strangely interesting year, we’re sharing a link to the film made by Steve Pool featuring the amazing Nancy Kerr – BBC folk musician of the year – talking about Pitsmoor Adventure Playground. This was supported by professor Kate Pahl from the university of Sheffield and the Arts Humanities and Research Council’s Connected Communities programme. She describes what happens on an adventure playground in a beautiful and passionate way and that goes to show that anybody who witnesses the magic of play can be enchanted by it.   The Yorkshire Play team would like to take this […]

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Power and Play

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  We all have an idea about what the word ‘power’ represents. Some of us may know what different types of power look and perhaps even feel like. We also know that power can be used with both good and not so good intentions. As adults, we should try to be aware of our own power and authority and how that develops relationships, especially in our work with children. But how many of us actually understand the concept of power and how to use it in our everyday work in order to create positive change? This 2014 TED-Ed video explains things in […]

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Book your place for the 2017 National Playwork Conference

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It’s that time of the year again! Whether you religiously attend the conference every year or have never been before, the National Playwork Conference, taking place in Eastbourne on 7 & 8 March 2017, is a great informative and networking event for everybody interested in play. And now it is officially taking bookings. With 16 tracks and lots of workshops to choose from, there will be something for everyone, whether you are a playworker, a teacher, a parent, a community development worker or an architect. The cost of the conference is £300 and that includes: Tuesday 7th March and Wednesday 8th March […]

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Great news for Pitsmoor Adventure Playground

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  Yanina Koszalinski, chair of Pitsmoor AP, on the setting’s success in securing funds to deliver a new programme which benefitted the entire local community: ‘Funding for play can come from unusual sources. In 2014 Pitsmoor Adventure Playground, in the heart of Burngreave, received funding to promote fire safety and road safety with children and families that use the adventure playground, and with the wider community. Initial funding was £30,000 over two years from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority’s funding scheme, the Stronger Safer Communities Reserve. This was the beginning of a fruitful working relationship between Pitsmoor Adventure Playground […]

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Big Success for the Big Swing – Safer Communities Fund enables young people’s engagement

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‘The Big Swing adventure playground in conjunction with a number of partners, has been successful in receiving two separate awards from the Safer Communities funding stream. The first award was to provide a rolling programme of opportunities for children and young people aged 13 upwards, from the local estate in Ravenscliffe, Bradford. The motivation behind the project was due to a number of older young people found to cause some issues on the local estate, particularly at weekends. Therefore the funding supported fun activities operating over the weekend, as well as on a Monday evening when there was very limited […]

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The ABC Model to dynamic risk management – a new Play Wales publication

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‘This new guidance paper provides a summary of a detailed risk-benefit assessment that considers common but potentially hazardous play behaviours displayed by children during staffed play sessions. Play Wales, in partnership with Simon Bazley (Playful Futures), worked with Wrexham’s Play Development Team to develop an approach to behaviour based risk-benefit assessment.  Further work between the play development team and staff from The Land adventure playground has led to the development of The ABC Model for the Dynamic Risk Management of Common but Potentially Hazardous Play Behaviours. The guidance paper is intended to support dynamic risk assessment by practitioners when working […]

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Playground claim thrown out in landmark court judgement

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Thanks to Tim Gill at Rethinking Childhood for this: Posted on February 22, 2016 | A claim for compensation after a playground accident has been rejected in a precedent-setting legal case in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. The civil claim was made against the municipality of Saanich, following an accident during a game of ‘grounders’ (a chase game played on and around fixed play equipment that my daughter and her London friends would know better as ‘off-ground touch’). The accident happened in 2009 when the claimant, Rebecca Thompson, was eleven years old and had been attending a day camp […]

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Children’s litter pick receives award from Lord Major

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Volunteers, community groups and local workers from Burngreave were celebrated at a special Town Hall event last week. Hosted by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Talib Hussain, and local ward councillors, over 130 people came to see 43 nominees receive their awards for their commitment and outstanding contribution to the Burngreave community. Councillor Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families and local ward member at Sheffield City Council, said: “What a wonderful evening – celebrating and honouring so many Burngreave people – young, old, from different backgrounds, volunteers, community groups and businesses who are all committed, and give […]

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Power to the Playful: Play Conference 16th May

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Monday 16 May 2016 at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum Eureka loves play. Seriously, they are HUGE fans. Join them for a day celebrating play! They’ll be exploring the pivotal role that play and happiness has in child (and grown up) development with eminent academics, practitioners and thinkers, all here at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum – where they’ve been busy playing since 1992. Hear a variety of perspectives on play and have a bit of fun in the process (after all, they’d be hypocrites if they didn’t build in a bit of playtime). Confirmed speakers are: Juliette Yardley, Laughology […]

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Developing and Managing Play Spaces community toolkit

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  Play Wales have recently published a Developing and Managing Play Spaces community toolkit. ‘It was designed for anyone who takes responsibility for managing or developing a play space in a community. This may be a community council, local play association or a residents group.’   The toolkit is intended to provide a single source of support and signposting for community groups to navigate some of the challenges of managing or developing a play space. It is a highly comprehensive document, covering areas such as information on play space design, management and development, step-by-step guides and how it all comes under the children’s rights […]

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