Play and digital technology

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This information sheet takes a critical look at children and young people’s use of mobile phones and other mobile devices, focusing on play. It also examines how children use devices in their play, as well as different perspectives and suggestions to support those working with children. While written from a playwork perspective it is also relevant for parents and carers, other professionals working with children, and policy makers.   Download the info sheet here. This information sheet has been written by Chris Martin. Chris is a playworker, researcher, and play activist. He is currently researching children’s interactions with mobile digital […]

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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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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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Want to read more about play? Have a look at this list of free articles!

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  Playday already seems like ages away.  Fortunately, the Taylor & Francis Group is keeping the momentum going with these journal articles about play which were made available for everybody as a Playday 2016 collection. They are still free to browse until the end of this month.  If you don’t think you can read through all 22 of them by then, just download each in a PDF format by clicking the article title and then the green PDF button on the right side of the page. Which one is your favourite?  Ours is this one, about outdoor play in Oman, as we love […]

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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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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

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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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50 Reasons to Believe in the Power of Play

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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

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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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Watch ‘Imagine being in their place’…

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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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