Welcome to Playwork Partnerships

Playwork Partnerships, part of the University of Gloucestershire is a small, creative team of people dedicated to enriching children and young people's lives, by supporting their wellbeing through play.

We support the need to create the right environments for children and young people to play through:

  • Knowledge exchange
  • Support
  • Advocacy
  • Research

Our primary focus is around creating learning communities that inspire. This work includes an offer of learning programmes from entry level training courses through to post graduate qualifications in Higher Education, as well as keynote speakers, online training and bespoke consultancy training courses and seminars.

Our Current Project(s)


'Children's Access to Play in Schools' (CAPS) project off and running! 

Playwork Partnerships are pleased to announce that we have been successful with our ERASMUS funded 'Children's Access to Play in Schools' (CAPS) project. We are busy making plans for partners and advisory group members to visit us and schools in February working closely with Michael Follett of the Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) company!

We are currently developing a website for this project but you can start following us on Facebook at CAPS - Children's Access to Play

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Achieving Resilience Through Play and Drama (ARTPAD project) September 2015 - August 2018

ARTPAD aims to support the engagement of children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in formal and non-formal education to help prevent early school leaving. The project explores 3 complimentary aspects:

  1. Understanding resilience and children's development and behaviour through play.
  2. Drama techniques for engagement with learning
  3. Drama and Play to build social understanding and behaviour

The project will run for 36 months from 1st September 2015. The initial phase of the project will include visits to each country to share examples of good practice currently delivered by specific practitioners, organisations and individual projects.  As a result of a thorough research phase, partners will develop a best practice guide for leaders of settings; subsequently the new course will be developed and produced prior to piloting in each partner country. Following the piloting and associated feedback, the materials will be finalised and the work will be disseminated through articles and other lobbying activity. Running alongside this activity is project evaluation to support the recommendations at the end of the project. Localised engagement/ dissemination activities will ensure an effective opportunity to spread the learning from the project.

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