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Good practice

Examples of good practice for high quality play experiences for children and young people.

Examples of good practice for high quality play experiences for children and young people.

Local Play Partnerships

As well as the OPP (Oxfordshire Play Partnership), there are a further 4 local play partnerships in the county - Cherwell Play Partnership, West Oxfordshire Play Partnership, Oxford City Play Partnership and the Vale & South Play and Active Leisure Partnership.

The Charter for Children's Play

The Charter for Children’s Play sets out a vision for play and aims to be a catalyst for individuals and organisations to examine, review and improve their provision for children and young people’s play and informal recreation.

Best Play - what play provision should do for children

Best Play identifies how children benefit from play opportunities and how play services and spaces can provide these benefits.

Inclusive play for all

An inclusive approach ensures that available provision caters for all children, young people and families. Creating places that are inclusive also encourages an understanding of diversity. Ensuring that young people and adults can all socialise, play and be part of a community enables them to gain a greater awareness of and sensitivity to the needs of others. Visit the Sensory Trust for more information.

To understand what barriers there are to play we must understand disability.  All children can enjoy play experiences together and children with special needs can feel as included as any other child.

Every child is entitled to quality play experiences and it is our role and a child’s right to ensure that no child is excluded.

Play Wales

All of us check list - Good practice in including disabled children and young people for playworkers, childminders and childcare staff

Play types

Children’s play is rich, varied, organic and constantly evolving. It can explore different types at the same time, flow from one to another and back again. Play types are useful in helping us be more specific when we’re talking about play and play provision, but will only ever capture a narrow aspect of the wealth of children’s play.

You will need to provide opportunities to experience all play types, to offer a rich play environment for children and young people.

Play principles and the role of the playworker

The Playwork Principles establish a professional and ethical framework for playwork. They are endorsed by the national training organisation for playwork - SkillsActive - by the Welsh Assembly Government and by Play Wales.

Where the Principles refer to children and young people, they mean all children and young people.

Risk in play

  • The benefits of risk taking include: extending skills, developing physical and emotional capacities, challenging in new ways and gaining direct experience of the consequences of actions. Play Wales: play and risk

Risk assessment in play

Diversity in play

Dismantle barriers to play for children and young people, and give them the opportunity to express their rights under Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Last reviewed
12 July 2017

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