Our film, Pushing Eddie in the Nettles with Connor, was specially commissioned to enhance our playwork qualifications. It is used to support learning on the Level 2 Award in Playwork Practice (L2APP) and Playwork: Principles into Practice (P3) qualifications.
Shot in locations all over Wales, the film shows children playing in natural spaces and playing in settings where playwork takes place. The film is intended to show how and where playwork happens. It deliberately includes sections that some learners find challenging – this helps to prepare learners for the kinds of situations they may be faced with when working in a playwork setting.
In a quality playwork setting, children will have the opportunity to enjoy themselves, to take risks, play with the elements (including fire), use tools, and learn to resolve disagreements. Pushing Eddie … shows examples of the nice and not so nice aspects of playing. It also provides learners with the opportunity to:
- discuss, in the classroom how to manage risks while balancing the benefits to the playing child
- consider whether adult intervention could enhance or restrict their play.
This discussion and analysis is a critical component of the qualifications and of our own reflective practice.
Pushing Eddie … was commissioned by Play Wales and made by Green Bay Media in 2006.