The first in a series of 1 hour online webinars based on the Playwork Principles.

These sessions are suitable for all playworkers working with 5 – 14 year olds.

You may be new to playwork or you may not have had any formal playwork training. Or you may be an experienced playworker who would like to recap their knowledge and understanding of play theory put into practice.

Keeping up to date with developments in play theory and practice along with regular reflection and review is fundamental to good practice in playwork for all staff and management.

During this session, participants will:

Explore the different effects that play has on a child’s developing brain and body

Discover the negative effects and implications that a lack of play variety can have on short and long term development and wellbeing.

Gain some practical ideas for creating a really stimulating play environment even if you work in a pack away setting.

This session is underpinned by Playwork Principles 1 & 2 – below.

Playwork Principle 1

All children and young people need to play. The impulse to play is innate. Play is a biological, psychological and social necessity, and is fundamental to the healthy development and wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Playwork Principle 2

Play is a process that is freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated. That is, children and young people determine and control the content and intent of their play, by following their own instincts, ideas and interests, in their own way for their own reasons.


Links to the following Dimensions of the Bristol Standard:

  • D1 Values and Aims
  • D3 Approaches to Play and Development
  • D4 Physical Environment
  • D5 Play Experiences

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Course details

Date:To be arranged.
Cost:Free for Bristol Based Playworkers. £20 all others.
Venue:ONLINE View a map
Tutors:Fenella Hemus
Funded by:BAND Ltd.
Closing date:9th March