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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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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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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Great news for Pitsmoor Adventure Playground

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  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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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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Big Success for the Big Swing – Safer Communities Fund enables young people’s engagement

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‘The Big Swing adventure playground in conjunction with a number of partners, has been successful in receiving two separate awards from the Safer Communities funding stream. The first award was to provide a rolling programme of opportunities for children and young people aged 13 upwards, from the local estate in Ravenscliffe, Bradford. The motivation behind the project was due to a number of older young people found to cause some issues on the local estate, particularly at weekends. Therefore the funding supported fun activities operating over the weekend, as well as on a Monday evening when there was very limited […]

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