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Play Wales 2021 publications


So far in 2021, we have produced and circulated a variety of new publications to support and inform those who have an interest in, or a responsibility for children’s play. Here is a summary of the publications – all of which are available to freely download.

Playwork guides

Childhood, play and the Playwork Principles 
This guide takes a look at some of the theories that influence the way adults understand children, the role of play and childhood, as well as the ethics of working with playing children. It explores some of the ideas, concepts and theories of child development and childhood that have influenced and continue to influence understandings of children and their play.

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Practicing playwork 
This guide enables those new to playwork the opportunity to explore some of the ideas, concepts and frameworks, and the practical application of tools and approaches at the core of playwork practice. It considers concepts such as affordance and the affective environment, which enable those practicing playwork to identify, create or enhance places for playing.

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Developing and managing a playwork project 
This guide focuses on the practicalities of developing and managing the day-to-day delivery of playwork provision. It is underpinned by the Playwork Principles and produced for those with a good understanding of play and playwork theory and practice.

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This series of four playwork guides is a collection of resources for all those who work with playing children. The final guide will be published in the next few weeks. We have worked with Ludicology to produce the playwork guides.


Developing and managing play spaces 
The toolkit has been designed for anyone who takes responsibility for managing or developing a play space in a community. This edition of the toolkit, edited by Ludicology, is intended to provide a single source of support and signposting for community groups to navigate some of the challenges of managing or developing a play space.

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Play for Wales magazine

Space to play outdoors 
Issue 57 (Spring 2021)

This issue highlights the importance of good quality space for children to play outdoors. It includes articles such as ‘Child-friendly streets, towns and cities’ by Tim Gill and ‘Creating inclusive spaces to play’ by Theresa Casey.

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Information sheet

Accessing the therapeutic powers of play: a guide for playworkers
This information sheet, written by Maggie Fearn, explores what playworkers can do if a child cannot play because they are feeling anxious, worried or afraid of the future. It has been designed to support playworkers in community settings to understand some therapeutic play skills and ideas.

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Focus on play

Recognising and understanding the importance of community-based open access playwork provision  
This issue concentrates on recognising and understanding the importance of community-based open access playwork provision. It explores how playing contributes to children’s resilience and well-being and how open access playwork provision provides support for all children and their parents.

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Community and town councils
This issue for community and town councils provides information about how to support better opportunities for children to play in their communities. Community and town councils, and therefore councillors, in Wales are well placed to be play champions for the communities in which they live and serve.

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