4 Nations Play Symposium 2016
Earlier this year Northern Ireland hosted the biennial 4 Nations Play Symposium at Cultra Manor, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.
A significant event in the play calendar, the event provided a key opportunity for leaders and policy makers across the Children’s and Play sectors of the UK to come together to share best practice and learn from each other’s experiences of policy making and strategic implementation.
The event was supported by the Junior Ministers from the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister and was chaired by the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People, Koulla Yiasouma.
The symposia’s aim is to stimulate discussion, debate and dialogue in relation to the development and implementation of Play Policy and Strategy for the benefit of children in each of the Four Nations of the UK.
A fantastic and inspirational time was enjoyed by all who participated.
A report has been produced for information. 2016 Play Symposium Report
Evaluation of the Govanhill Play Project
Background to the evaluation
In June 2015, the Jeely Piece Club was successful in bidding for funding from Inspiring Scotland’s Go2Play Play Ranger Programme to deliver a play programme in Govanhill, in partnership with the Daisy Chain project.
The project aimed to fill a recognised gap in play services in Govanhill, but also recognised the potential for free play to act as a vehicle for social integration by bringing together children from diverse ethnic and cultural groups through play.
The Jeely Piece Club commissioned Arrivo Consulting to carry out an evaluation of the project.
Free Play is defined any play activity which is ‘freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated‘ (Scottish Government, 2013).
You can read the report below:
Evaluation of Free Play in Govanhill Final
Explore Child’s Rights
Child Rights Launchpad – Unicef UK’s new child rights experience – takes children and young people in Scotland on an exciting journey to explore their rights.
Through the Launchpad, children and young people aged three to 18 can:
- learn about their rights and rights around the world;
- enjoy their own rights by taking part in sports and other activities;
- take action to help other children around the world to enjoy their rights too.
Full details here
- A ‘not’ risk adverse society – Rob Wheway
- An hour of play keeps the Doctor away- Play England
- Benefits of Play – Encyclopedia of Childrens Health
- Built Environments – Dr Roger Mackett
- Creative Play Makes for Kids in Control – Alix Spiegel
- Dirt is Good – 33 things to do before you are 10 (Persil)
- Childhood Obesity – Your Questions Answered
- Charter for Play
- Consulting Children About Play
- Environments for play
- Extended school hours and unstructured play – BHF
- Fears over lost play parks – The Herald article 16.01.07
- Funders of Play 2016. pdf – A guide to foundations, trusts an charities who support play in Scotland
- Health Promoting Schools
- Inclusive Play – NCB
- International Sources of Information on Play – NCB
- More than Swings & Roundabouts – NCB
- Play in hospital
- Play and inclusion
- Playing Fields Debate at the Scottish Parliament
- Playwork Principles – SkillsActive
- Play Scotland 2007 Annual Review
- Play Scotland 2006 Annual Review
- Play Scotland Response to the UNCRC Draft Scottish Reporting Progress 2006/07
- Play Scotland’s Response to the SCCYP Policy Priority Consultation 2005
- Play Wales – Play Policy Implementation Plan
- Protecting Children and Young People Charter
- Scottish Implementation Plan, The UK Strategy for Playwork Education Training Qualifications 2006-2011
- SkillsActive – Scotland’s response to the ‘National Review of the Early Years and Childcare Workforce’
- Taking Play Seriously – New York Times
- Talking to children about their weight
- The Inclusion Charter
- The Play Charter
- Urban myths about children’s playgrounds
- Top Tips for Participation – What disabled young people want
- UNCRC – Draft Scottish Contribution to the 2007 UK Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
- Value of Play
- What is play?
- What is playwork?