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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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Thinking of studying play? Undergraduate study, Free PhDs and more


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


‘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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” The national body, Play Wales is calling for a strong response from the playwork sector to proposed new qualifications in Health and Social Care, which includes playwork. Qualifications Wales, which published its review of the qualifications framework in July, is proposing to restrict the number of qualifications approved for funded training programmes in Wales, a move that would, according to Play Wales, weaken playwork training. Play Wales is ‘concerned that … the Playwork Principles would be diluted by incorporation into a single suite of qualifications’. In its draft response to the proposals, Play Wales states that the proposed changes will ‘impact negatively on […]

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The ABC Model to dynamic risk management – a new Play Wales publication


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


  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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Planning a Playday event? Check this out first!

Whether you are still contemplating the thought of doing something on Playday event or you are set and ready to go, we encourage you to register your playful event here and share it with the world. This year’s Playday will take place on Wednesday 3 August and the theme is Play Matters. Play Wales reminds us that as well as being a celebration of the child’s right to play, Playday is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children’s lives – impacting on their health, well-being, and happiness. On Playday, thousands of children and their families get out to play at hundreds […]

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Playday 2016 Theme has been announced


  And it is … Play matters! According to Play Wales, ‘the Playday Play matters campaign is calling on everyone to help make sure that children and young people across the UK have the time, freedom and space to play. As well promoting children’s right to play, the campaign is highlighting that play matters for: children’s mental health and wellbeing creativity and learning all ages and abilities communities.   This year is 29th Playday anniversary and can get involved by:
 holding a Playday celebration, spreading the word about the campaign, become an official campaign supporter or follow Playday on Facebook and Twitter . There’s lots of advice and […]

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Adoption of the new European Strategy for the Rights of the Child


  On 2nd of March 2016 the Council of Europe adopted the new Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2016-2021). It will be launched at a High Level Conference in Sofia on 5 and 6 April 2016, during the Bulgarian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. The document aims to get all EU member states working together to realise the objectives of the Strategy over the next few years. The Council of Europe was founded in 1949 and is a regional intergovernmental organisation whose stated goal is to promote human rights, democracy, and the rule of law in its 47 member states, covering 820 […]

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