iP-D!P Study Tours - Sweden
Perry Else, Julia Sexton, Kate West, Teresa Clayton, Neville
Buttery, Lily Holloway, Theresa Clayton‘Just Enough’ Play – with
70 years of socialism and fair taxes have created a ‘fair
enough’ society in Sweden that we discovered on our tour in October 2013. We
saw lots of inspiring play provision, heard about the Swedish approach to
playwork and pedagogy and learnt some significant bits of Swedish – eld själ
and just enough)
– whose full meanings we
will share with you. Lots of chart, lots of photos, lots of enthusiasm, come
and ask us some questions! Our group included five parents, two playground activists
(striving to save their local playground), three playwork practitioners, and three
We went to Sweden to gain inspiration to develop participants’
knowledge and understanding of play, playwork and playwork training beyond the
UK. This was facilitated by a programme organised cooperatively between
Playwork Development and Training, the hosts and the participants.
The outline of the programme was organised by Playwork
Development and Training, four days in Lund – Southern Sweden, four days in
Stockholm, the capital.
After teleconferencing, the participants made their interests
known to the hosts who then put together a detailed programme reflecting those
The participants were introduced to a wide variety of settings
and practitioners. The accommodation was in a family hostel in Lund and a hotel
in Stockholm. There were occasional opportunities for group free time, though
individuals took time as needed.
We visited around fifteen different sites and settings, talking
to many parents, practitioners, designers and lecturers. That allowed us to see
the Swedish experience first hand and to hear people’s personal views as well
as compare settings directly without own experience. We participated in and led
a discussion of the UK Swedish experience at Stockholm University, discussing
policy and approaches.
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