Playwork Training Courses at Hackney Play Association

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Interested in doing a course in Playwork, First Aid or Safeguarding? Here is some information about forthcoming training courses at Hackney Play Association.   Training Dates:   Playwork Level 2 and 3 Tuesday 21 March 2017, 11-1pm, Information session about Playwork Level 2 and 3 courses; Tuesday 25 April 2017, Playwork Level 2 and 3 courses start, once per week until the summer holidays.   First Aid Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 March 2017 Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 July 2017   Play Way, Introduction to Playwork Training Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 July 2017   Safeguarding Tuesday 28 March […]

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Get your hands on the autumn issue of Play for Wales magazine

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Yes, it focuses on what’s going on in Wales, but the latest issue of Play for Wales magazine is definitely worth a read even if you’re elsewhere in the UK. Titled ‘Playful Communities’, it contains a few lovely articles on the value of play, advocacy, current national projects and a really interesting feature on how Aberdeen removed all their ‘No Ball Games’ signs. You can read it all here .  

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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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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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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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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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Neil Griffiths comes to Eureka! 25th May

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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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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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