About Us

Playwork Partnerships' mission is to enrich children's and young people's lives and support their wellbeing through play.

Opportunities for children to 'play out' unsupervised are increasingly restricted by the lack of suitable public space, more time spent on computers or watching television, increased traffic and anxieties for children's safety. At Playwork Partnerships we are passionate about supporting the conditions for children's play; physical, emotional and social.

Rich in expertise, with an established presence both in the south west region and nationally, we take pride in our creative partnership centred approach and being an essential resource for the play sector. People who benefit from our services include playworkers, playwork trainers, assessors, playwork organisations and allied professionals who work in the sphere of children's play including early years workers, teachers, environmental workers, planners and landscape architects.

Throughout all of our work we aim to build an infrastructure of support for children's play and to ensure sustainability and value for money.


Playwork Partnerships offers a range of support services to those who work directly within the sphere of children's play. These include:

  • organisation of regional and national conferences.
  • co-ordination of Playwork Learning and Skills e-group for playwork tutors
  • provision and distribution of a national e-newsletter
  • co-ordination of a national network of Playwork Partnerships Associate trainers


Raising the profile of children's play and advocating for the child's right to play is a key part of our work. Ways in which this is achieved include:

  • responding to national consultations on policy and strategy from a children's play perspective
  • representing Playwork Partnerships at national fora where appropriate.

Research & Publications

Playwork Partnerships and colleagues at the University of Gloucestershire are keen to contribute to the research and knowledge base relating to children's play.

Opportunities and funding for this area of work are through commissioning, project work and student research scholarships.

Knowledge, Education and Training

Over the past 18 years, Playwork Partnerships have developed a portfolio of qualifications, training courses and products to meet the needs of workers who support children's play. These include playworkers, the wider children's workforce, environmental workers and arts workers.

All courses have previously been endorsed by SkillsActive, the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure, Learning and Wellbeing including playwork.


If you would like to see previous projects we have worked on see our Funded Projects Page.
If you would like to see some of the research with have worked on see our Research Page.

Get Involved!

Want to get involved?

Please contact us if you are interested in finding out about our work in more detail or would like to discuss working together on a development project or commission some research. For information on past project work please click here or for details of past research work click here.