Interest grows in a new vehicle for playwork

Policy for Play

Following a successful stint at the Playwork Conference in Eastbourne earlier this month, the momentum towards establishing a new playwork body continues to grow.

Around 150 people have now broadly agreed on the purpose and nature of the kind of vehicle that the field wants to create.  A new playwork body could, for example:

  • Represent playworkers UK-wide, giving them a collective voice.
  • Be a focus for good practice: supporting research and other areas that develop playwork.
  • Promote playwork nationally and support local campaigns.
  • Lobby for policy change to create a legal and regulatory framework conducive to playwork services.
  • Provide support and benefits for playworkers, such as networking, information, skills sharing, events and resources.
  • Be outward looking, building links with other professions and sectors.

The discussions have also led to a broad consensus on what kind of vehicle the playwork community needs, with some general principles giving us a clear direction…

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This week is Love Outdoor Play Week!

Love Outdoor Play

Outdoor Play Week is a campaign being led by Re:Play and is now in its fifth year.  It is all about celebrating the play opportunities on offer in the fantastic green spaces across the South East. 

It is an annual celebration with events organised all over the region to help children and young people get out and play, encouraging and promoting outdoor play, whatever the weather.  Reminding play workers and families alike that outdoor play is not just for the summer, and that as long as you are dressed appropriately you can play out all year around.

Outdoor Play Week was started in the wake of research showing that children are spending less time playing outdoors than ever before.  A survey for Natural England found that as little as 10 per cent of their time is spent outdoors.  The attraction of TV and computer entertainment takes much of the blame…

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