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  • National Playwork Conference success

    Play England would like to thank Meynell Games and all those in the playwork sector who made the National Playwork Conference such an informative, inclusive and welcoming event.

    Chair of Trustees, Nicola Butler introducing the AGM

  • Future of Playwork Qualifications

    Play England hosted an important roundtable discussion last week at the National Playwork Conference on the future of Playwork qualifications. The meeting came out with clear action points to move forward. These include:

    1. Supporting and promoting the new Playwork apprenticeship ‘Trailblazer’ qualification. New apprenticeship will not have the restrictions on age that previous apprenticeships have had, so it ...

  • Play England Annual General Meeting

    Play England logo largePlay England’s Annual General Meeting takes place on Monday 6 March this year in Eastbourne.

    Our guest speaker is Mike Greenaway, Director, Play Wales.

    We encourage all of our members to consider attending.  Whilst we know that not all of our members are playworkers, there are a ...

  • Saferplay Open Course workshop, 8 March

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    Play England is delighted to be hosting a free workshop on the SAFERPLAY OPEN COURSE.

    9.00am – 10.45am
    Wednesday 8 March
    Mansions Lions Hotel, Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 3YS, UK

    Join us to find out more about an innovative online training course on design, installation and maintenance of safer ...

  • Child-friendly cities benefit us all


    Sam Williams is a landscape architect at Arup, currently leading a research project into how and why we should be designing child-friendly cities. Due out in July, it will aim to empower everyone influencing and engaging with the ...

  • Keeping children indoors is not the solution to pollution!


    The response to the recent air pollution alerts in London alarmed many of us who champion children’s right to play in the UK, writes Marguerite Hunter-Blair, Chief Executive of Play Scotland.  Here she looks at the impact of environmental pollution ...

  • Statement on withdrawal of playwork qualifications

    Play England has learned that the CACHE  Level 2 Award and Certificate in Playwork and the Level 3 Award in Playwork have been closed to new registrations, as have the CACHE level 4 Award and Certificate in Playwork.  Registration for a City and Guilds level 2 Diploma in Playwork was closed on 31st December 2016, ...

  • Play best way for children to get active

    By Nicola Butler, Chair of Trustees 

    Play is vital for children’s health and wellbeing. It is particularly important for disadvantaged and disabled children, who often face greater barriers to access appropriate and good quality play opportunities.

    Play England is delighted to be part of #GetOutGetActive, an exciting new programme that supports disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy ...

  • Four Nations Play Symposium 2016


    On 10 March 2016, the Office of the First and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland hosted the fifth biennial Four Nations Play Symposium with the support of PlayBoard NI at Cultra Manor, Belfast in Northern Ireland.

    The aim of the Four Nations Play Symposium is to provide an opportunity ...

  • Play holds key to inclusion

    Play is the best way to offer inclusion, says Karen Kewell, co-founder of #ToyLikeMe, an organisation that was set up to call the global toy industry to  account on its failure to represent the 150 million disabled children in its toys.  This year,  Lego launched its first ever wheelchair-using ...