Want to volunteer with Yorkshire Play?

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Yorkshire Play needs your help! We are looking for a volunteer within the Yorkshire area, with an interest in play, who could provide some admin support. The volunteer would attend board meetings (once every three months), take minutes, type up and circulate papers and keep an eye out on relevant dates for submission of legal documents. All incurred expenses would be reimbursed. If you or anyone you know might be interested in this opportunity to work alongside a friendly play-passionate bunch of people, get in touch.  

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London Plan – call for Play policy to include Adventure Playgrounds

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Some exciting news from the South… ‘Play England’s Chair of Trustees Nicola Butler attended the launch of the consultation of the New Draft London Plan which began on 1 December 2017. Play England welcomes the Policy S4 on Play and Informal Recreation which calls on London Boroughs to: – undertake audits of existing play and informal recreation provision and opportunities, and assessments of need, considering the quantity, quality and accessibility of provision – produce strategies on play and informal recreation facilities and opportunities, supported by Development Plan policies, to address identified needs. Play England would also like to see the […]

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Risk in Play and Learning: Ubud-Höör Declaration

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“School grounds should not be as safe as possible but as safe as necessary.” —  Risk in Play and Learning: Ubud-Höör Declaration, International School Grounds Alliance Risk-taking is Essential for Children’s Well-being ‘While promoting risk-taking on school grounds may raise questions of liability for schools and concerns for parents it is essential for the development of healthy young people, according to a declaration released September 4, 2017 by the International School Grounds Alliance (ISGA). This declaration is endorsed by all 54 of ISGA’s Leadership Council members, representing 38 organizations from 16 countries and six continents. “Since the world is full of […]

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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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Yorkshire Play AGM, 7th June, Bradford

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Calling all Members of Yorkshire Play, Playworkers, Managers of play provision, Council Officers and Providers who have a shared interest in uniting the region through the power of play. We are urgently seeking to recruit new members and Trustees to further our play cause. We therefore cordially invite you to attend Yorkshire Play’s Annual General Meeting 2017 June 7th Inspire Bradford Business Park Newlands House Newlands Way Eccleshill Bradford BD10 0JE Including Refreshments and a light lunch 10.30 am – 12.30 pm   Contact us here to book your place and we look forward to seeing you there.

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Cuts to play provision will affect the most deprived children

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The Association of Play Industries, here in the UK, has found that there 214 playgrounds have been closed since April 2014, with a further 234 planned for closure by the end of 2018, due to Central Government cuts being enforced in local areas. This loss of facilities and opportunities for British children is unprecedented and erodes children’s opportunities to engage in free play. The API chairperson Mark Hardy said: “Free play and activity is not a given for many, many children. “Let’s not forget that we live in a country where space is at a premium and lots of children do […]

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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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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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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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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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