What is Playwork?
As a qualified play worker I believe that playwork is a skilled profession that can enrich and enhance children's play. Children need opportunities to play in different ways at different times, as well as safe play spaces where they can be physically active as well as quiet and still. Children and young people's play needs will differ depending on their age, ability, culture and circumstance. As a playworker I aim to help create a secure atmosphere which welcomes and encourages all children to play.
What is the role of the playworker?
Seeking out/helping create special places where play can happen.
Resourcing the play place with sufficient, varied and interesting components and loose parts for play.
Observing the children playing in order to learn more about play and how to support it.
Sensitively judging when and how to intervene in play situations if the necessity arises, whilst also balancing risks and benefits.
Reflecting on all that they observe and the impact of their own role in this.
Keeping up to date with information about the play process (through interaction, observation, reflection and research/reading) and all that it involves
How is this delivered?
As the children gain confidence the challenges become more complex. Above all the child is never set up to fail, each task is achievable.
We are very excited about working with other local child minders in order to develop this exciting opportunity for all children in our care, and hope that your families will enjoy this experience as much as we will.