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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Street Play Workshop 19th March


Photograph courtesy of Helen Forman   When: Saturday, 19 March 2016 from 10:30 to 13:00 – Add to Calendar Where: Leeds Play Network – Unit, 5 The Courtyard, 110-118 Church Street Hunslet LS10 2JA GB – View Map   Street play provides children with the opportunity to play freely and safely on their own doorstep and provides numerous benefits for both children and adults alike. Leeds Play Network is currently working with Play England on the Street Play Active, Healthy Communities project funded by the Department of Health to provide support and advice to residents and organisations interested in street […]

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Neil Griffiths comes to Eureka! 25th May


You’re Never Too Old To Play, Wednesday 25 May 2016 Eureka are excited to welcome world renowned educator Neil Griffiths to Eureka! to offer primary teachers a packed day of professional development. Neil, the creator of the acclaimed Storysack phenomenon is a former Primary School Headteacher and a director of the National Literacy Support Project. Read more about Neil Griffiths on his website. – See more here. This highly practical day will explore the important contribution role-play can make across all subjects in Key Stage 2. And as well as working with Neil, you’ll also hear from experts at Eureka! […]

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50 Reasons to Believe in the Power of Play


Do you believe in the power of play? When it comes to a child’s physical, emotional, and cognitive growth, nothing is more enriching and empowering than playtime. The magic of play can unfold anywhere as long as children have the freedom to unleash their imaginations – on the playground, deep in the woods, nestled in the sandbox, or inside cardboard boxes! This info-graphic from Playground Equipment provides a fun and colorful assortment of reasons to believe in the power of play and to stand up for it across the globe.  

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

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Reclaiming public space through play

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Can playing be used as a tool to reclaim cities for people; involving both children and adults in a process to re-inhabit public space? We can assert, yes, it can. The experience of “FLPP. Fronte di Liberazione dei Pizzinni Pizzoni” [Pizzinni Pizzoni Liberation Front] demonstrates it. Read more by following this weblink.

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Watch ‘Imagine being in their place’…


Here’s an awesome short video from Paizontas, a non-profit play organisation in Greece, aiming to promote children’s play and their right to play. The video conveys a powerful message in a funny and playful, yet very serious way – children’s levels of free outdoor and risky play are decreasing and we must do something about it. Is this proof that the phenomena isn’t only happening in the UK? We think so. Let the children play.

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The Daily Mile with Elaine Wyllie


Elaine Wyllie was on the today program this morning and gave a great interview. You can read more about her “Daily Mile” here. It would be easy to think she was talking about a play initiative at first. It gets children active, they don’t need a PE kit, it’s done in all weathers and the children love it, but, on closer inspection the ability for a child to choose whether they take part or not is limited and there is no choice of activity just a running track so it can’t be a play activity. I wonder what our members […]

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Parks for teens: 10 features teens want to see

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In many parts of the world, park designers have turned to nature play as a way to foster connections to nature, increase social and cooperative play, and facilitate more physical activity.  In many instances, these parks are designed for pre-teen children.    Follow this link for some ideas on how to make parks for teenagers.

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New info sheet – Play sufficiency in Wales

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Wales is the first country in the world to legislate for children’s play through the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010. The Welsh Government ‘Play Sufficiency Duty’, as it has become known, places a duty on every local authority in Wales to assess for and provide sufficient play opportunities for children in their areas. This information sheet provides a brief overview of the Play Sufficiency Duty and the assessment process that local authorities have to undertake. It also describes Welsh Government’s aim to create a play friendly country by providing time, space and permission for children to play. The aim […]

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