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Track 3 – Childhood

If a playworker is a ‘guardian of children’s childhoods’ then as a profession we need to be thinking more about what childhood is, how the world around impacts, both positively and negatively, on childhood. This track picks up on specific issues and knowledge that could be useful to all of us.

Room 3
The ‘sexualisation of childhood’ – a global cause and participatory sport?In recent years, the so-called ‘sexualisation of childhood’ has been taken up at high profile and official levels around the world, and passed into our ‘common sense’ thinking about childhood. This session will explore some of the forms this concern with ‘sexualisation’ has taken, and what these ‘do’ for us (how they encourage us to view popular culture, ourselves, other parents, and children and young people). In summary, it will argue that this is a nasty debate that doesn’t deserve our energies – which should instead be channelled into being interested in what young people are doing.
Level: Moving On / Give me more! Length: 1 hr 30 mins /

Time: 9:30 - 11:00
History of childhoodWhat can we learn from history? Not a lot if the way we treat our children is anything to go by.

We take a look at what childhood is where it has come from and where it may be going
Level: Getting started / Length: 1 hr / Time: 11:15 - 12:15
Love & play & workand Joel SeathDo you love playwork? Did you love playwork? Did you once fall in love with playwork, but now you just don't talk any more?

Is work, play?

Yes it can be.

Is play, work? yes, it is ‘the child’s work’.

Is play, love?

Is playwork, love?

Love? and play? and work?

An exploration of these 3 words and these several notions.

It will mainly be a group conversation.

Sir Steve Chown of Play England said, of this last year: “I was intrigued, and went along not really expecting to learn much. I came away excited about a new and completely different perspective on the ideas.
Level: Moving On / Give me more! Length: 1 hr 30 mins /

Time: 12:45 - 14:15
Child development for playworkChildhood, development and play are some of the most interesting, intriguing and complex subjects to study and work with. Playworkers tend to understand childhood, child development and play in a fairly particular way. Unfortunately this is often in conflict with the understandings of most of the people we work with and want to influence.

Developing a foundational understanding of these subjects creates the opportunity to engage critically with our practice. With the children we work with, our colleagues, and professional peers, with parents and community members alike.

Having a good handle on this stuff gives us the tools for analysing, evaluating and developing our face to face work and for formulating arguments that support children’s right to play.
Level: Getting started / Moving On Length: 2 hr /

Time: 15:00 - 17:00
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