Playwork is a UK-based professional practice which grew from the post-WW2 adventure playground movement. We are professional, experienced playworkers and use its key principles to guide everything we do – meeting people where they are, valuing process over product, and holding children’s right to play as our first priority. As a way of working with children, it is unique – substantially different from educational, developmental or therapeutic models, and rich with its own theory and approaches. While becoming a playworker takes years of training and practice, anyone can start incorporating its key principles in their own practice.
For more introductory readings on playwork, we recommend:
What is Playwork (NCB/NCIS)
Playwork Primer (Alliance for Childhood)
For a solid foundation in playwork, we offer an online training course which is currently followed by students from a range of backgrounds in more than a dozen countries around the world!