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

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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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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 14th National Playwork conference

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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 http://www.playworkconferences.org.uk/. or email them to book your place info@playworkconferences.org.

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Pitsmoor Adventure Playground to be the Lord Mayors chosen Charity

Burngreave Labour councillor Talib Hussain, on becoming Sheffield Lord Mayor announced, to the great delight of the children, families, staff and the community of Pitsmoor Adventure Playground that he had selected the award winning Playground to be one of the Lord Mayor’s charities for his period in tenure. This is an unprecedented move, by a Lord Mayor in the UK and demonstrates a high value being given to and play in its own right. The Lord Mayor, has been a long supporter of the remarkable and renowned Pitsmoor Adventure Playground, when it was subject to the potential of closure, resulting of […]

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