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Play Wales publications 2018


During 2018 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 magazines, information sheets and top tips we have published – all of which are available to freely download.

This year, we have also published a children’s storybook.

Children’s storybook

Fun in the dungeon is a storybook about children’s right to play. It’s for children and parents, empowering children to be advocates as right bearers and parents to advocate for local play. The storybook is also a useful resource for professionals to support their work with children and families. 

The storybook has been popular across Wales – more copies will be available in the new year!

More information

Information sheets

Sourcing materials for children’s play
This information sheet, written by Simon Bazley, explores the types of things we could consider sourcing or scrounging, tips about how to go about it to increase our chances of success, who may be able to help, as well as stories and tips form expert scroungers from across Wales.

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Practical uses of digital devices in play settings
This information sheet, written by Chris Martin, looks at some of the issues and practical uses of digital devices in play settings. It includes top tips for dealing with children and teenagers’ use of phones and tablets in your play setting. It also provides suggestions about what to consider when developing a digital technology policy for play settings. 

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Reflective practice – what is it and why is it so important?
This information sheet explores the principles of reflective practice, how we reflect and why it’s so important for playworkers. It also provides advice and ideas to encourage effective reflective practice, particularly when we’re finding it difficult.  

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Inspiring learners – how to be a more effective trainer
This information sheet looks at how trainers can support learners and increase the effectiveness of playwork training. It provides clear and concise information on how playwork trainers can best support learners. 

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A playworkers guide to risk
This information sheet looks at a balanced approach to risk management in play settings by using the widely supported risk-benefit assessment approach. It also explores the current legislation and support from a wide range of sources, as well as looking at some of the current playwork theory that supports playworkers to practice as effectively as we can to extend and enhance children’s opportunities to play.

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Top tips

Top tips for reflective practice
Our top tips provide key points to consider in making our reflective practice as effective and useful as possible to support our ongoing learning. The top tips are aimed at playworkers and other professionals involved in children’s play. 

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Celebrating the right to play
Autumn 2018 (issue 51)

This issue includes:

  • Promoting the right to play – examples from Wales
  • Children’s review of Fun in the dungeon storybook
  • Children and teenagers call for more opportunities and safer environments to play
  • Children and young people’s right to play in public space
  • Tools and structure building training.

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Playful childhoods
Spring 2018 (issue 50)

The 50th issue of the Play for Wales magazine also marks Play Wales’ twentieth anniversary. This issue includes:

  • 20 years of Play Wales – staff and trustees’ highlights 
  • Playful Childhoods – a new Play Wales campaign and partnership working 
  • Playing in Wales – capturing the views of children
  • Playing through childhood – how children play at different ages 
  • A childhood full of play – parents’ observations on their children’s play.

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Focus on play

Childcare providers and practitioners
This issue includes information about how to support better opportunities for children to play in their settings. Children and young people need and are entitled to quality places and time for play as part of their everyday life. It features information about: the importance of play, national and international policy, providing space for play, making materials available for play, creating time for play in childcare settings and intervention styles for play. 

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Impact report

Impact report 2017 - 2018
The impact report provides an overview of Play Wales’ work and achievements to campaign for children’s play over the past year. It includes sections on how we’ve supported national priorities and engaged with our audience, provided opportunities, produced publications and how we have collaborated locally to ensure the play and playwork workforces are well-informed, across Wales.
The report also includes a foreword by Play Wales’ Chair, Dr Mike Shooter CBE as well as a section on how we will work to continue to support and promote children’s play to create a play-friendly Wales.

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