Risk in Play and Learning: Ubud-Höör Declaration


“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


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


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


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….


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


  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


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


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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Great news for Pitsmoor Adventure Playground


  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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