Higher Education at the University of Gloucestershire
Higher Education at the University of Gloucestershire

PG Cert, PGDip and MA Professional Studies in Children's Play

There's more to children's play than meets the eye and we can show you why.

If you are working in or with the field of children's play, our programme can help you articulate the unique nature of children's play and its relevance to the current social policy agenda.

Our MA in Professional Studies in Children's Play is an academic programme that has been developed in conjunction with practitioners and professionals from a range of sectors. The programme aims to meet the needs of professionals including playworkers, early year's workers, educators, landscape designers, planners, environmental educators, health professionals and animateurs in a variety of contexts; museums, zoos, tourism, public space. The programme places an understanding of the nature and benefits of play for its own sake at the centre of study rather than seeing play as an instrument to achieve other purposes.

The overall aim of the programme is to provide students with the opportunity for both work-based and desk-based active
learning and research in order to develop a critical appreciation of the role of adults in providing for, and supporting children's play.

Find out more at http://www.glos.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/psc

Thinking About Playwork

A five day professional development programme for experienced playwork practitioners, managers and development workers . Thinking About Play is offered by the University of Gloucestershire and seeks to increase and update knowledge and understanding of play, playwork and quality play provision.

The programme provides a foundation for understanding and developing a playwork approach to working with children in adult organised play settings. It is based on the Manchester Circles model (Lester and Russell, 2002) that currently informs 'Quality in Play' (Play England, 2010) and covers how understandings of play influence all aspects of organisational policies and practices. This programme builds on an earlier programme and materials developed in 2010 by Playwork London, Stuart Lester and Wendy Russell.

Download our information sheet here: Thinking About Playwork

Play, Place and Space

A CPD programme for professionals who seek to enhance their knowledge and understanding of play in relation to place and space.

Bespoke Play and Playwork Training

Our highly experienced team are able to design and deliver training to meet your needs.

Find out more at /our-courses/consultancy.aspx


Enquiries and applications

Tel: 01242 715207

Email: hsmith@glos.ac.uk

Web: http://www.glos.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/psc 



Playwork Resources

Playwork Partnerships has developed a variety of playwork training products that have been developed over a number of years. Here you can access useful materials to help you promote quality play and playwork opportunities.


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.