Book your place for the 2017 National Playwork Conference


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


  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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The 14th National Playwork conference


It’s just a few weeks away now. There are a wealth of sessions covering the Power of Play, adventure playgrounds, Playwork Theory, Art and many other areas. For more information go to or email them to book your place

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National Playday


Playday 2015 is on 5 August. The theme? Play more! On Playday thousands of children and their families get out to play at hundreds of community events across the UK. From small-scale events to thousands of children taking over Trafalgar Square – Playday is celebrated by each community in a way that suits them. As well as a celebration of children’s right to play, Playday is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children’s lives. Playday is coordinated by Play England, Play Wales, Play Scotland and PlayBoard Northern Ireland Lookout for local events running near you and find out more about Playday. […]

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Den Building Festival @ The Tetley in Leeds

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Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 August, 11am – 6pm This fun event returns to The Tetley for a second year. Prizes are awarded for the best dens, though you’ll have to go some to beat the trains, pirate ships and castles that made last year’s event so extraordinary. In the event of bad weather, we’ll take the action indoors. All materials are provided.   Taken from: The Tetley.  

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Spirit of play conference is coming!

Book your place now! Join the annual Spirit conference which is now in its fourteenth year. A day packed full of inspiring keynote speeches, lively discussions and workshops for anyone with an interest in or a responsibility for children’s play. Confirmed speakers: • Judith Hackitt, Chair of the Health and Safety Executive • Professor David Ball, Middlesex University (co-author of Managing Risk in Play Provision: Implementation guide • Lesley Griffiths AM, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty • Dr Mike Shooter, former President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Workshop details to follow. Keep an eye on our website and […]

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The 13th National Playwork conference

The 2015 Conference will be covering the following themes:     Tuesday, 3 March 1      thinking about play 2      models of playwork 3      playwork theory for beginners 4      storytelling and reflective practice 5      current research 1 6      new to playwork? 7      teamwork and management 8      children’s rights 9      Practical ideas – play for yourself Wednesday, 4 March 1      advanced playwork theory 2      children in conflict 3      inclusive practice 4      different playwork contexts 5      current research 2 6      childhoods 7      advanced playwork principles 8      being a better trainer/teacher/tutor 9      Practical ideas – play for yourself In addition to this there will be some structure building; the giant graffiti wall; books to buy; scrap to take home and materials to buy […]

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Project Wild Thing

Join the Wild Network, the campaign that has sprung from the feature documentary PROJECT WILD THING. Let’s reconnect children with nature! Please click here

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