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 of the conference with guest speaker Mike Greenaway of Play Wales, and our special Conference newsletter was well received. Download it here:



We would also like to thank the playworkers, landscape architects, researchers and practitioners who contributed to the workshops and roundtable discussions we hosted across the conference.

Future of Playwork Qualifications

quals roundtableThis important roundtable discussion on the future of playwork qualifications drew together clear action points to defend playwork qualifications, including lobbying awarding bodies CACHE and City & Guilds.

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Design for Play

Design4PlayLandscape Architect Aileen Shackell looked at the impact of ‘Design for Play’ – ten years on, working through the Ten Play Design Principles, at the core of this ground-breaking approach to creating successful play spaces.

Download the Ten Play Design Principles here

Quality in Play relaunch

QiP graphicWe relaunched the latest edition of ‘Quality in Play’ – a quality assurance system developed by playwork practitioners over 20 years to support supervised play and childcare provision for school-aged children – with a great workshop from Mick Conway, who conceived of the scheme and is passionate about helping playwork providers be the best that they can be.

Find out more about Quality in Play here:


Erasmus Saferplay project

Karina Pernias, AIJU, introduces the Saferplay project
Karina Pernias, AIJU, introduces the Saferplay project

Saferplay workshopWe also held a stand-alone session with our Erasmus Saferplay partners, to promote this innovative on-line training course and share experiences and knowledge of playwork provision across Europe.

Find out more about Erasmus SAFERPLAY here:


National Playwork Awards

Finally, Play England is absolutely delighted and proud that three of our Trustees were among the winners of National Playwork awards this year.

Libby Truscott, was a key member of the ‘Save Watford Adventure Playground’ campaign team who won Raising the Profile Award.


Trustee Kirsty Wilson is Play Manager of Children’s Scrapstore Bristol, who won the Development and Support Award for their contribution towards the sustainability and understanding of free play by helping others to provide excellent playwork.


And, Nicola Butler, our Chair of Trustees, won the Paul Bonel Memorial Award, for her significant contribution to the play and playwork sector.


Read more about the Playwork Awards here:



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