Playwork

Whether you’re after a bit of play inspiration or some practical tools to help improve the play experience, here’s our resources on all things Play Work.

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Building & Maintenance
This briefing note covers practical issues in using fallen trees as climbing structures in your playground - including sourcing, moving, risk assessing, maintaining and adding play value.

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Activities
Attract more wildlife and natural play into your playground by building a mini pond!

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Funding
Candice James of Max Roach Adventure Playground shares what they've learned throughout the COVID19 pandemic with regard to fundraising, why emergency funding has been vital to the survival of their projects and a few handy recommendations for other playgrounds on the 'funding roulette wheel'!

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Funding
Information on eligibility, priority and contact details of organisations funding play in London.

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Activities
Explore how to enhance children’s play and provide environmental education using rainwater demonstrating what can be achieved safely and practically using rainwater in children’s play

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Activities
In this briefing, originally written as part of Islington Play Association's 2006 Playschemes Toolkit, an experienced play worker and play service manager explores the details of working with children and fire

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Building & Maintenance
The good practice guide is intended to help outdoor playworkers to manage the risks - and benefits - associated with rope swings, and to provide practical advice on how to site, install  and use them effectively.

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Natural Play
From the London Play archives, a series of briefings on Natural Play as part of a joint project between London Play and Natural England. This briefing looks at how to create natural water areas by rivers or streams that are enjoyable, engaging places for children to play.

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Activities
At London Play we love a Go-Kart. Here's our handy how to guide on building your own.

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Monitoring & Evaluation
In this easy to use guide Awesome CIC  share  how and why they've moved from paper registration to online - and outline the numerous benefits to your setting and the environment!

 

 

 

 

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Inclusion
Markfield Adventure Playground in Tottenham have been providing inclusive play opportunities for Disabled children and their families since 1979. In this video they share some of their experience in inclusion and participation

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Monitoring & Evaluation
A selection of creative and accessible methods to evaluate impact in play settings, ranging from 'blob trees', how to write a case study, tips for recording observations to utilising mood scales.

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Building & Maintenance
Jerome and Luis are back with some more easy tips on playground maintenance. In this episode the pair look at screws, coach bolts and studding - literally riveting stuff (but ever so useful)

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Building & Maintenance
Episode 1 in a series of videos from the guys at London Play Design, aiming to build confidence and know how on the most common repair and maintenance jobs on your site. This first episode deals with replacing deck planks on your structures, with a few handy hints and tips from the lovely Luis and

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Recruitment
Learn from Lewisham's Youth First with their clear example of a trustee recruitment pack.

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Case Studies
London Play’s Neighbourhood Play Havens project aims to ensure that adventurous play is within reach of those children and families who may otherwise be excluded – due to clinical vulnerabilities or capacity limits made necessary by the coronavirus pandemic.

David and Rachel smile as Dee-jay, 4, flashes past pushing a bright red ride-on car. “He just loves it here,” says David, beaming. The family is at Somerford Grove Adventure Playground in Haringey for a Neighbourhood Play Havens session, which gives them exclusive access to the playground for an hour, before the public sessions begin

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Covid 19
April 2020. This briefing has been prepared by London Play and A5cend to help London adventure playgrounds as they rise to the challenge during the COVID 19 pandemic. Information on support available, where to access it and help to ensure the survival of adventure playground organisations so that they can continue to support children and

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Monitoring & Evaluation
The PlayWorks Evaluation Toolkit, developed with and reviewed by Adventure Playgrounds, contains information, step-by-step instructions and tasks to help you understand and carry out monitoring and evaluation in your play setting.

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Funding
The PlayWorks Fundraising toolkit contains information, step-by-step guides and tasks to help you understand and enhance fundraising for your playground. Complete worksheets as you go, or download and print to work on them at a time that works for you and your team.

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Funding
Learn and borrow from London Play's successful application to the Big Lottery's Reaching Communities programme.

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Case Studies
Learn how Haringey's Somerford Grove Adventure Playground's 'pick and mix' approach to funding and ensured its survival through some tough times.

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Covid 19
For adventure playgrounds considering whether to open during lockdown, the rules are not particularly clear. This might help.

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Risk Management
Play professionals are well versed in taking a risk-benefit approach to assessing a play environment. But how does this stand up in case of an injury claim? In this article from 2016, Hackney Play Association experienced a small but potentially significant win for Risk-Benefit Assessment

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