Space to play

Sessional playworker

December 2016

Children have the right and need to play. Every child should have access to safe, good quality places to play, near to where they live. London Play campaigns for more and improved spaces for play, and against downgrading, cuts and closures of existing play spaces.

No space at home: One in four children in London lives in an overcrowded home; and one in five Londoners do not have access to a garden. On both counts, London is the worst of any region in the country. For black and minority ethnic families, and in some parts of London, the lack of private space is even greater.

Decline in public play spaces: Given the deficiency in private play space, public parks and spaces take on crucial importance for London’s children and families. But this is also lacking. London has 19sqm of green space per person (34sqm is considered adequate) – the least of any region in England. This is declining, as local authorities sell off parks, close municipal play areas and defund adventure playgrounds to plug holes in their finances. In a three-year period alone, London councils sold off an area equivalent to 67 football pitches.

Streets off limits: streets, historically doubling as playgrounds for generations of children, make up 80 per cent of public space in London. Now they are dominated by private cars, parked and moving. Parked cars in London take up a space the size of the borough of Southwark and speeding traffic is a major deterrent.

London Play works to support adventure playgrounds and other play providers maintain, improve and sustain existing play spaces. We also spearheaded the ongoing play street revival in London, supporting residents to transform their streets regularly into safe, temporary play space.

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PACE

We are seeking casual playworkers to work across our play and nursery services in Camden.


Hours: Casual, as and when required
Salary: £11.51/hr
Closing date: 11 April 2021
To apply:  download and complete the application form below and send to iola@paceforall.com or post to Iola McCarogher, PACE Head Office, Fairfield Play Centre, Mary Terrace, London NW1 7LR

PACE is a user-led, grass-roots charity founded in 2011 by a group of parents and play work professionals in Camden to establish high quality inclusive play services in the borough. We now operate a range of services for children aged 2-18 years. We enjoy strong links within the local community and employ a highly experienced, expert staff team.


 

We are looking for friendly, positive-minded individuals who wish to help us provide a fun, stimulating play service to children and families.

Upon joining PACE you will help to build the reputation of our young and rapidly expanding organisation by contributing to the delivery of truly inclusive services and striving for excellence.

Your primary responsibilities will be the delivery of high quality positive activities, promoting and supporting the wellbeing and educational opportunities of young people. More information is in the job description which you can download below.

Alternatively, for an informal discussion about the post call 020 7183 5120 (Ext. 1). Please note this post is subject to an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check and satisfactory references.

 

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London's 80 odd adventure playgrounds would not exist without the creativity, energy, time and effort of volunteers.

FIND A PLACE TO PLAY

Click here to go to our play map and find adventure playgrounds, play streets and all our other favourite places to play in London.
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Here it is! Developed by London Play with eight of London’s great adventure playgrounds – tools for survival in tough times; and to celebrate adventure play always.

This toolkit is designed to guide adventure playgrounds everywhere through the process of monitoring, measuring and evaluating the effectiveness of what they do – and using that information to make the case for their continued survival. We hope it will result in greater recognition and celebration of the benefits these unique places bring to the communities they are located in. Download it in 10 sections below – plus a really useful library of data collection tools which work in playful settings. Please try it out and do get in touch with any questions: nic@londonplay.org.uk

 

 

Section 1 – Introduction

Section 2 – What is Monitoring and Evaluation?

Section 3 – Overall Aims and Specific Aims

Section 4 – Objectives and Outputs

Section 5 – Outcomes and Indicators

Section 6 – Preparing to Collect Data

Section 7 – Data Collection Methods

Section 8 – Analysing Data

Section 9 – Writing your Report

Section 10 – Sharing your Findings

Play Works – Toolkit (complete 4mB download)

Play Works – Data Collection Tools (5mB download)

Play Works Toolkit Section 1
Play Works Toolkit Section 3
Play Works Toolkit Section 5
Play Works Toolkit Section 7
Play Works Toolkit Section 9
Play Works Toolkit - complete
Play Works Toolkit Section 2
Play Works Toolkit Section 4
Play Works Toolkit Section 6
Play Works Toolkit Section 8
Play Works Toolkit Section 10
Play Works Data Collection Tools

FIND WHERE TO PLAY

VISIT OUR PLAY MAP

Here it is! Developed by London Play with eight of London’s great adventure playgrounds – tools for survival in tough times; and to celebrate adventure play always.

This toolkit is designed to guide adventure playgrounds everywhere through the process of monitoring, measuring and evaluating the effectiveness of what they do – and using that information to make the case for their continued survival. We hope it will result in greater recognition and celebration of the benefits these unique places bring to the communities they are located in. Download it in 10 sections below – plus a really useful library of data collection tools which work in playful settings. Please try it out and do get in touch with any questions: nic@londonplay.org.uk

 

 

Section 1 – Introduction

Section 2 – What is Monitoring and Evaluation?

Section 3 – Overall Aims and Specific Aims

Section 4 – Objectives and Outputs

Section 5 – Outcomes and Indicators

Section 6 – Preparing to Collect Data

Section 7 – Data Collection Methods

Section 8 – Analysing Data

Section 9 – Writing your Report

Section 10 – Sharing your Findings

Play Works – Toolkit (complete 4mB download)

Play Works – Data Collection Tools (5mB download)

Play Works Toolkit Section 1
Play Works Toolkit Section 3
Play Works Toolkit Section 5
Play Works Toolkit Section 7
Play Works Toolkit Section 9
Play Works Toolkit - complete
Play Works Toolkit Section 2
Play Works Toolkit Section 4
Play Works Toolkit Section 6
Play Works Toolkit Section 8
Play Works Toolkit Section 10
Play Works Data Collection Tools

FIND WHERE TO PLAY

VISIT OUR PLAY MAP

Two thirds of London’s adventure playground organisations report that they are now delivering new services, with many becoming vital hubs for food distribution.

Adventure playground organisations have been quietly supporting children and families in some of the capital’s most disadvantaged communities for decades. So it is no surprise that our recent survey confirms they have adapted quickly to respond to the huge additional challenges these same families now face in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Adventure playgrounds may have closed their gates to children in person, but two months into lockdown, it is clear that they are not resting on their laurels. Two thirds of the adventure playground organisations which responded to London Play’s recent survey report that they are now delivering new services, with many becoming vital hubs for food distribution. Others are moving their play offer online and some are delivering emergency play packs to their most vulnerable families.

As demand for food banks soar, the team at Max Roach Adventure Playground in Lambeth is delivering ‘happy lunches’ and play packs by bicycle to their most vulnerable users. Nearby Grove Adventure Playground is also using two wheels to deliver food parcels while Haringey’s Somerford Grove has seen a big increase in demand for the fresh surplus food it is distributing from the Felix Project .

Adaptations
Other adventure playgrounds have adapted their play services – with some, in particular those catering specifically for children with special needs, opening on a very limited (often family by family) basis over recent weeks. These include Haringey’s Markfield, Haywards in Islington, The Ark in Newham and Kids Adventure Playground in Hackney and all have put in place rigorous cleaning regimes and updated risk assessments.

For playgrounds whose gates remain closed, ingenuity in developing online play ideas and resources is much in evidence. In Islington, Awesome CIC has set up the ‘Adventurers Hangout’ featuring a treasure trove of films with playful ideas. From Lambeth, the Triangle Play Zone offers children a weekly timetable with Zoom and Houseparty play and games sessions, nature club activities and videos, fitness and boxing sessions. Weekly challenge videos are a highlight, including Toilet roll kick ups and paper plane flying. And who could fail to raise a smile with Redbridge’s ELHAP Monday morning disco this week?

Social distancing
But as one survey respondent pointed out, these online initiatives “do not replace play,” and adventure playground teams, concerned about children being stuck inside for so long, are keen to welcome them back in person as soon as possible. There are big questions about how social distancing will be implemented when playgrounds are able to open again and whether such limitations on play will in fact be counterproductive to children’s wellbeing. Triangle trustee Anne-Marie Martin said: “Clearly attendance will be limited, and it is hard to reconcile the ethos of adventure play with social distancing, but I am sure we will find a way.”

In the meantime, although 80 per cent of playground organisations have had to furlough workers, a majority of those still working are using the time away from running physical face to face sessions to ensure that they are in a strong position when they are able to resume; writing funding proposals and carrying out essential maintenance on their playgrounds.

Says Harriet Simmons, manager of the Adventure Play Hub: “Our playground has had some much needed TLC and we’ve been working with volunteers on re-decorating and other repairs. We’ve attended funding opportunities and support/advice cluster meetings via Zoom which has been very useful.”

December 2016

The home front is a rich aspect of understanding World War One heritage. This resource is designed to support teaching and learning about the home front across the KS2 curriculum from History to Art, Drama and Literacy, offering opportunities to inspire pupils across subject areas.

This booklet, downloadable below, gives ideas for approaching the topic of World War One in a creative and playful way, as well as some key information and research into the World War One Home Front.

Please try out some of the ideas and let us know how you get on or any ideas for improving it.

DORA - a teacher resource
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The home front is a rich aspect of understanding World War One heritage. This resource is designed to support teaching and learning about the home front across the KS2 curriculum from History to Art, Drama and Literacy, offering opportunities to inspire pupils across subject areas.
Uncategorized
The home front is a rich aspect of understanding World War One heritage. This resource is designed to support teaching and learning about the home front across the KS2 curriculum from History to Art, Drama and Literacy, offering opportunities to inspire pupils across subject areas.

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