This will give you some idea of the criteria for each award. These criteria are being tweaked and may change once the Judging Panel reviews them. If more information is required we will contact you.PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A PUBLIC VOTE; SO MORE THAN ONE NOMINATION FOR A PERSON OR ORGANISATION DOES NOT HELP THEM BECOME SHORT-LISTED. 'IT'S THE QUALITY AND DEPTH OF THE INFORMATION YOU WILL PROVIDE ON THE RESPONSE FORM THAT YOU WILL BE SENT THAT COUNTS!’Training Provider [sponsored by CACHE]This is a training provider who motivates, enthuses and inspires learners so that they become “better” playworkers. This is not about the quantity of the training they deliver but the quality of the training that the learners receive. We will make judgments about the training provider because when you nominate them you will tell us what the training provider has done that makes you think they are so good and as part of the nomination you will tell us how the training has linked to the underpinning ethics, philosophies and theories of playwork.What the judges are looking for:How the training has linked to the playwork principlesExamples of how the training provider has supported the participants learningWhat was innovative, exciting & stimulating about the trainingHow the training has influenced/changed your playwork practiceHow the training provider helped you learn from your fellow students
NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSEDPlaywork Writer [sponsored by the Scottish Qualifications Authority]A writer is someone who has produced a number of written works; articles for magazines and or journals; a regular blog; training materials or an old fashioned book! Writing a couple of articles or blogs will not qualify someone to be nominated for this award, we are looking for sustained writing over the past year or for work that has culminated in a significant publication in the past year.What the judges are looking for:What have they written?The impact this writers work has had on the world of playworkInformation about the style, accessibility and impact of the writingWhy you feel the nominee is worthy to be the recipientHow this writers work may affect the play lives of children and how it may give greater value to play and the world of play NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSEDPaul Bonel Memorial Award [sponsored by SkillsActive]This award is to be given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the play and playwork sector but who does not fit in to any other award category. This could be a recent contribution, one that has been ongoing for a while or one that is historical. This is not a lifetime achievement award but an award for what could be a single significant piece of work or project or something that has been happening over a long period of time.What the judges are looking for:Detail of the contribution. Think about when, where, how, what?How it has had an impact on play and PlayworkWhy this contribution can be considered significant
NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSEDPlaywork Team [sponsored by Unite the Union]This award is about honouring a team of people who deliver face to face playwork in private, voluntary or local authority settings. e.g. the staff team of an After School Club, Adventure Playground, Play Rangers, Holiday Playscheme, Mobile Playworkers etc. How the team works together irrespective of barriers they might face. The team must be doing playwork, underpinned by the playwork principles. So this award is not for headquarter organisations or teams who support others who do the playwork practice.
We want to honour those who demonstrate the value of cooperation in the work place by willingly sharing tasks, responding positively to each other and providing support, showing respect for other team members in order to succeed in achieving their goal.What the judges are looking for:
How the team makes it a better playwork setting
What is it that this team does, that other teams don’t do, that creates better/more effective/more appropriate play spaces for children and young people?
How the team resolves conflict
Examples of what the team do that makes them a team rather than a group of individuals.
How the team promotes communication, trust, co-operation & respect for differences within the team
NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSEDOutstanding Playwork provision [sponsored by International Play Association: England , Wales and Northern Ireland branch]Each of the four nations that make up the UK: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales [the Channel Islands and Isle of Man will be considered alongside England] will identify one organisation that will go through to the shortlist for this award.We are looking for somewhere that does brilliant, awesome playwork. It could be any sort of provision whether based in a building or not. The judgment will not be based on numbers of participants nor on the amount of time that it delivers. But it has to be a regular and not a ‘one-off’ provision.What the judges are looking for:What makes it an outstanding provision?What does it offer that is above and beyond what would normally be expectedThe training and qualifications of staffThe promotion of playwork ethos and principles to the wider communityThe ways in which it supports the inclusion of disabled children and their families The range of resources that cater for children’s play needs
NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSEDPlaywork in other contexts [sponsored by Meynell Games]This award is looking for examples of how the playwork approach is being used in non ‘playwork-traditional’ contexts. This could be doing playwork within school provision, in recess or as part of the curriculum; using playwork approaches in education or learning; for creative work within communities; as a mechanism for accessing funding or any other aspect where playwork is the medium and not the context. It is also about keeping the playwork flag flying as regular funding streams dry up and finding new ways to deliver a playwork service.What the judges are looking for:How this is innovative?What messages about playwork is it giving and to who?How this is still playworkWhat makes this a good project?
NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED