The whole Playwork team believe that play is more than just a nice-to-have part of growing up. They understand that play is an essential part of every child's development, a fact enshrined in Article 31 of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child, that children have "the right to play".
What is Playwork?
Playwork is a highly skilled profession that enriches and enhances provision for children's play. It takes place where adults support children's play but it is not driven by prescribed education or care outcomes.
Taking play seriously
The Playwork team work alongside a number of other organisations throughout the Isle of Man, helping them understand the importance of play and how they can make it happen as effectively as possible. Working with professionals in childcare and the development of young people, they help to keep play at the forefront of the agenda and at the top of people's thinking.
The Playwork team also take their own development seriously, with many members of the team having recognised qualifications in play and playwork. They also take playwork – and the thinking behind it – out in to the wider community, generating awareness and understanding of playwork and its value in the development of our children.
Play is the defining feature
Playwork has many different things to offer, ranging from Forest Schools to adventurous play in the school setting, and from PlayBins to the whole Out2Play range of activities. All of them have one thing in common: a belief that play is vital, a fundamental part of growing up and something that every child deserves to experience.