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  • Remembering Stuart Lester

    Play England’s staff and trustees are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague Dr Stuart Lester.

    Stuart was a huge inspiration and support to all of us in the play sector in England and internationally, delivering many workshops, talks and lectures.  Play England was honoured to publish his work co-authored with Wendy Russell ...

  • Take the play challenge!

    Michael Follett set up OPAL – Outdoor Play and Learning – five years ago. Since then, hundreds of schools across the UK, as well as schools in Canada, New Zealand and Australia have completed the OPAL Primary Programme.

    Here, he explains how he persuades head teachers to invest in play development.

    “The best way to describe ...

  • Job vacancy: Senior Development Officer

    Senior Development Officer (Ref: SDO 2017)

    28 hours p/w, location to be negotiated
    £24,737 (incl London weighting, if applicable)

    Play England is looking for an experienced development officer to deliver the new ‘Adventure into Sport’ project. The post holder will work with a play project in Bradford, Yorkshire and another in Tower Hamlets, London to support ...

  • Quality in Play helps improve service delivery and secure funding

    Play England is delighted to be launching the latest edition of Quality in Play, a quality assurance system and framework that has been tried and tested in practice by hundreds of play and childcare providers for over 20 years.

    As one of the original developers of Quality in Play, Mick Conway ...

  • 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

    We had a great turnout for our AGM on the eve ...

  • 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 built environment, to integrate playfulness and freedom to ...

  • 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 on children’s play, and responses to ...