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Track 15 Playing - around public space and the outdoors

Is it important for children to engage with play in nature because if they don’t nature will suffer or is it important because if they don’t children will suffer or are the 2 inextricably linked? What about other aspects of playable spaces in and around communities?

Room 15
Dancing with strangers: Observing play, movement and interaction in a public square through the lens of a dancer, a writer and a painterOver the period of two days, a writer, a painter and a dancer observed and described the behaviour of children and adults in a public square in East London.

This was an experiment to see what insights these different perspectives might bring to an understanding of play in public space and to experiences that are difficult to pin down in words or describe in academic language.

This session will present material from this project, which is part of an MA in Play and Play work, and discuss some of the questions it raises about ways in which children and adults inhabit public space.
Level: Moving on / Length: 1 hour 30 mins / Time: 9:30 - 11:00
Is playing outside all that it is made out to be?This discussion arises from a concern that the conflation of the apparent benefits of playing and being outdoors have the propensity to mislead, misinform and muddle our thinking and practice.
Level: Moving on / Length: 1 hour 30 mins / Time: 11:15 - 12:45
What can sufficiency assessments tell us about play and playworkIn fulfillment of our obligation to meet the Welsh Governments duty to Assess the sufficiency of play opportunities for children and young people. We (Glyndwr University and Wrexham Local Authority) developed an experimental, evidenced based mixed methods, inductive research approach that had as its central focus the child’s informed participative voice.

This duty, provided the exciting opportunity to talk with and listen to children, to explore with them, the scope of their cultural lives in respect of their play experiences, patterns and preferences, and to consider the influence of themes such as; time, space, mobility and attitude.

Findings from the study provided rich evidence to inform planning policy and development, target resources, support attitudinal change amongst practitioners, officials and the general public and that subtle changes to existing practices could significantly improve the play lives of children.

This seminar will review the process, the findings and the recommendations that the unique opportunity to assess sufficiency provided.
Level: Moving on / Length: 1 hour 30 mins / Time: 13:00 - 14:30
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