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2nd Annual Playwork Awards

The Nominations have now Closed but the information is still here so you can see what its all about..........

These awards set out to celebrate all that is good about the playwork sector. We aim to praise the work we do by identifying people who have made a noticeable contribution and difference to the lives of those they work with.

Play is an important part of children’s lives and that play should be as free from corruption by adults as possible.

Play is essential; it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being of children and young people as well as serving a crucial evolutionary purpose. There are huge benefits and opportunities for children to engage and explore when playing; however free play has been remarkably reduced for some children. This can be a result of things such as hurried lifestyles and changes in family structure. This lack of free play is something that we as playworkers are trying to prevent and these awards will help to raise the profile of our work and gives us the chance to praise those that have been nominated for an award.

Alongside these awards comes a tremendous sense of pride and recognition for the organisations, people and projects shortlisted and involved. Many people forget about those playworkers that strive day in, day out to in order to offer a broad range of different play opportunities with the aim of enhancing the experiences of the children they work with.

With significant cuts now happening in the play and playwork sector these awards come at an ever important time to show to all that their hard work and determination is appreciated and has not gone unnoticed. The work that these people carry out hits not only in the head but in the heart too. An ever important factor in enhancing and affecting the lives of those they work with.

It is important that we celebrate and reward all playworkers nominated for their never ending commitment and professionalism. Even when times are tough and funds are limited some playworker’s creativity never ceases to amaze those they work with.

These awards are designed to recognise and praise the hard work that the playworkers nominated have put in over the past year in order to get to the point in which they are at today.

There are six award categories

Playwork local authority workforce development team

The local authority who has done the most for improving and developing playwork across their authority area be it county wide, unitary or a borough or district. So it could be a play development team or an early years and extended services department or a leisure and recreation department. So long as they are developing playwork and its related workforce.

Training provider [non S/NVQ]

This could be an organisation or an individual who delivers qualification based training programmes, one off CPD type events and short courses or anything in between

Playwork writer

Any individual who has written useful playwork stuff over the last year be it books, articles, websites or training materials.

Playwork team

This is for the group of playworkers who work together to provide space for children’s play. It could be an after school club team, play rangers, adventure playground workers or mobile playworkers. This is not about the best play setting but about the team and the way they work together.

SVQ or NVQ assessment centre

This award is for an organisation which delivers an effective, high quality and stimulating SVQ or NVQ.

Posthumous award for contribution to playwork

There have been numerous individuals over the years whose contribution has helped the playwork sector become what it is now. This award is to honour their memory.

How to nominate

To make a nomination you need to go to the correct page on the Playwork Conferences website where you will find the nomination form. Please fill this in giving as much information you can on why you are making the nomination.

A shortlist will be drawn up based on the nomination forms and then you and or the nominee may be contacted by the Awards team for further information.

Who are the awards team?

This is a loose ‘confederation’ of colleagues who engage with each other via email, teleconferences and Skype.

Those who have been invited to be part of this process are:

More information:

Contact Meynell Games Group 01323 730500 meynell@meynellgames.org.uk

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