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Track 1 – Understanding play

A playworker needs to be constantly thinking about children’s play as their job is about supporting that play. Drawing on the life experiences from a cross section of those in the playwork world, these 4 sessions give an insight into different ways of thinking about play and provides you with the opportunity to further reflect on why play is important.

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Why play is, and is not importantPlay workers are the best, the adventure playground even better. (Wow, cool, bad, sick…)

This workshop will include:-

A biographical journey starting in 1969 and taking in Swansea, Manchester, London, Rochdale, Copenhagen, Hamburg and Geneva, in search of play. (Told in 10 minutes. Promise!)

A rose-coloured contact-lens view of play past and an opportunity to rant about play present. (Or vice versa)

An attempt to interrogate play discourses and to suggest new ones.

The workshop is inspired by personal experiences and the socio/architectural insights of Roy Kozlovsky.

There might also be a consideration of play and why I think that it is important!
Level: Moving On / Length: 1 hr 45 mins / Time: 9:30 - 11:15
Playwork - Exploring the bio-evolutionary imperativesPowerpoint presentation followed by discussion!
Level: Give me more! / Length: 2 hrs / Time: 11:15 - 13:15
Play: the pursuit of happinessPlay: the pursuit of happiness gets its name not from the 2006 tear jerking Will Smith film but from the philosophical thoughts of Aristotle. It looks at play and playwork through the lens of happiness and covers multiple subjects in doing so.

After the inevitable ice-breaker we’ll go into looking at the quote the workshop is based on do a couple of activities surrounding that. We’ll look at play existing beyond the child and into adulthood. And from there we’ll look at how seeing play as the pursuit for happiness can influence our playwork practice using swearing as an example.

After a couple more activities we’re onto the conclusion; hope to see you there!
Level: Moving On / Length: 1 hr 30 mins / Time: 13:45 - 15:15
My understanding of play and why play is importantVicky’s understanding of play comes from one of a face to face worker. Having worked in the play sector for almost eight years Vicky aims to share stories that she has experienced whilst working in a variety of play spaces.

The session will offer the opportunity for playful discussion, encouraging the participants to engage in a thinking process of how each understanding of play differs from another.

Vicky will continue to share her understanding of play and how it changes on a daily basis through face to face work, conversations and studying.

Participants should come prepared to think a little around the theories that influence our own thinking towards play and/or playwork.
Level: Getting started / Length: 1 hr 30 mins / Time: 15:30 - 17:00
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