Foundations of Playwork by Fraser BrownFoundations of Playwork by Fraser Brown

Foundations of Playwork

byFraser Brown, Chris Taylor

Paperback | July 16, 2008

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"The editors take readers through a breathtaking landscape of perspectives on the foundations of playwork. ... This book invites you to reflect (see Palmer, p51). But above all, it is one that inspires action."
Children and Society

"Foundations of Playwork is a must read for anyone with an interest in playwork or children's services. It shows the breadth, depth and value of our work with and on behalf of children."
Mike Greenaway, Director of Play Wales

Play impacts on all aspects of human behaviour and development, including the social, physical, cognitive, creative, emotional and spiritual worlds. The profession of playwork endeavours to provide enriched play environments with a view to enabling children achieve their full potential.

This book provides a holistic overview of contemporary play and playwork. Straightforward and accessible, it covers topics such as playwork identity; play environments; the role of the playworker; values and ethics; play and playwork theory; and at the heart of the book, a special chapter located at the cutting-edge of 21st century play theory.

The authors position play and playwork within the broader social context of the management and development of play settings, work within and between different sectors of the children's workforce, and the socio-legal framework of children's rights, and legislation. The book has international interest, considering playwork in the UK, US and Romania. It looks at diverse settings such as prisons, hospitals, parks, adventure playgrounds and play centres, schools, youth settings and nurseries.

Contributions from many of the leading names in playwork offer the most current theory and practice in the field. They present approaches to playwork using a range of techniques such as case studies and critiques, applied and emergent theorizing, story-telling and reflection. This encourages the reader to gain a breadth of perspective and develop their own contribution to the playwork tradition.

Foundations of Playwork is a vital resource for playwork students, practitioners, members of the children's workforce, carers and parents.

Fraser Brown is Reader in Playwork at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, and Course Leader of the BA (Hons) Playwork degree. He is Chair of the Aid for Romanian Children charitable trust. Chris Taylor is a Playwork Trainer and Consultant, Associate Lecturer with the Open University, a Trustee for London Play, and a Management Co...
Title:Foundations of PlayworkFormat:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9.49 × 6.69 × 0.83 inPublished:July 16, 2008Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0335222919

ISBN - 13:9780335222919

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Playwork theory and playwork practice in the UK
1The fundamentals of playwork
Fraser Brown
2.Where children play: the place of staffed provision
Issy Cole-Hamilton
3.Playwork a profession: distinct or extinct
Tanny Stobart
4.The state of play in England
Adrian Voce
5.Playwork in Scotland
Joan Beattie
6.Play in Wales
Mike Greenaway
7.Play provision in Northern Ireland
Eva Kane
8.Playwork education, training and qualifications: looking to the future
Paul Bonel
9.Playwork and the theory of loose parts
Chris Taylor
10.Work based learning and reflective practice
Sue Palmer

Part 2: The play environment
11.Play and the play stage
Stuart Lester
12.If you go down to the woods today:why nature and adventure matter to children and young people
Tim Gill
13.Playwork and the environment
Natalie Baxter
14.The concept of risk in play and playwork
Mark Gladwin
15.Quality in play: underpinning thoughts
Mick Conway

Part 3: The playing child and the practising playworker
16.Playing: the space between
Perry Else
17.Modelling playwork: BRAWGS continuum, dialogue and collaborative reflection
Wendy Russell
18.The edge of recalcitrance: playwork in the zone of complexity
Arthur Battram
19.Two weeks of adventure play: moving furniture
Ben Tawil
20.After school childcare in adventure playgrounds
Maggie Harris
21.Play in hospitals
Kirsty Ward
22.Playwork in prisons
Amy Clutterbrook and Janine Hart
23.Thinking about creating a play environment

Part 4. Playwork Values, Ethics & Professional Practice
24.The playwork principles
Mick Conway
25.The playwork principles: a critique
Fraser Brown
26.Some reflections on the history of playwork in the adventure playground tradition
Chris Taylor
27.'The place we are meant to be': play, playwork and the natural rhythms of communities
Maureen Palmer

Part 5. Special Feature
28.Beyond ambiguity
Brian Sutton-Smith

Part 6. Play Links, Relating and Communicating
29.Mother and baby: the first playground
Penny Wilson and Chris Taylor
30.Playing and relating: the contribution of Winnicott
Val Richards
31.Exploring rhythm in playwork
Annie Davy
32.Community based projects
Steve Chan

Part 7. Working with Professional Diversity
33.Common core number 7: the missing link?
Paul Bonel
34.Guerilla playwork
Mike Wragg
35.Playwork in the early years: working in a parallel profession
Katherine Fisher
36.Play, learning and education: common core of skills and knowledge for the children's workforce
Keith Ramtahal
37.At sixes and sevens: the transition of play to secondary schools
Julie Griffiths
38.Play and youth work: a qualitative case study of integrated practice
Chris Taylor
39.The children's workforce: the early years and playwork
Maureen Palmer
40.Summer camp in Romania: playwork with volunteers
Louise Taffinder
Part 8. Contributing to the Management and Development of Play Settings
41.Playing the policy game: promoting effective play strategies with government, and why should we bother?
Adrian Voce
42.Managing children's play provision
Tony Chilton
43.Voluntary community play provision: a case study
Maggie Harris and Vicky Hunt
44.Somerford Grove Community Project and Adventure Playground
Nick Jackson
45.Tell me an old old story: ICT and the play setting
Stephen Rennie

Part 9. Legislation and Rights
46.The history of child protection, present procedures and practices
Terry Thomas
47.Health & safety: a playwork perspective
Maureen Palmer
48.Children's rights and play
Issy Cole-Hamilton
49.Being an anti-racist
Haki Kapasi
50. ... and inclusion
Penny Wilson
51.Gender and play: the development of gendered identities and their expression in play
Mariana Papadopolou
52.The enigma of the missing female perspective in playwork theory

Part 10. Research and Methods
53.Researching with children
Sue Palmer
54.Story telling as a tool for promoting playwork
Jackie Jeffrey
55.An exploratory study into practice and attitude towards child-led play
Becky Cole
56.Children without play: a research project
Fraser Brown and Sophie Webb

A1.Brief annotated bibliography
Anna Kassman-McKerrell
A2.The playwork principles
Play Wales