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Understanding Play Sufficiency – Training Programme

Thursday April 11, 2024

Originally developed for Play Wales to support the enactment of the Welsh Play Sufficiency Duty, this online Understanding Play Sufficiency course is for organisations and/or local partnerships seeking to work with the principle of play sufficiency.

Understanding Play Sufficiency

Play sufficiency is about improving conditions for children’s play throughout the public realm and other aspects of children’s lives. In doing so, play sufficiency offers a way for adults to deliver on their child-friendly intentions and holds great promise for the revitalising of local neighbourhoods, childhood institutions and professional networks.

Rooted in a systems thinking approach, this highly interactive course is designed to develop partnership working and a collaborative approach to upholding children’s right to play. Participants will work together to develop a shared appreciation of children’s play and the conditions that support playing, both at a neighbourhood and organisational level. The course aims to ensure organisations and local partnerships are best placed to respond to the findings of localised research into children’s opportunities for play.

Delivered online over the course of three, three-hour workshops, Understanding Play Sufficiency draws on over 10 years of play sufficiency research since this principle was introduced by the UNCRC[1] in 2013. This includes providing participants with conceptual tools, ways of working and practical examples, which they can apply in their areas of expertise.

Facilitated by Ben Tawil and Mike Barclay from Ludicology (leading experts in play sufficiency thinking and practice), the course is intended to be an enjoyable and rewarding experience for everyone involved, whilst also getting serious about play and its intimate connection to the well-being of children and their communities.

Understanding Play Sufficiency Learning objectives

Session 1: What is play sufficiency?

  • Explore the concept of play sufficiency and what might be considered sufficient with respect to children’s opportunities to play.
  • Begin to identify what influences play sufficiency, the benefits of play and the consequence of playlessness.
  • Introduce the conceptual tools of account-ability, response-ability and collective wisdom, emphasising the importance of paying attention to children’s wisdoms about their experiences of playing.

Session 2: Account-ability

  • Encourage participants to pay attention to the detail of how, where and when children’s play takes place, further developing awareness of the conditions that support or constrain play.
  • Introduce the conceptual tools of fields of action and spatial justice, the intensive and extensive power of examples, and an ecosystems approach to analysing influences on play sufficiency.
  • Explore who needs to be involved in the process of play sufficiency, identifying gaps in representation, and reemphasising the importance and value of paying attention to children’s wisdoms.

Session 3: Response-ability

  • Develop a systems thinking approach to response-ability, introducing Ash Amin’s registers of a good city as a conceptual tool for action planning.
  • Generate ideas for possible responses to situations of insufficiency, sharing examples of what has worked and the conditions that made actions possible.
  • Explore what more may need to change at a local level to make responses possible, emphasising the importance of cultivating organisational conditions for ‘doing’ play sufficiency.

Course outcome

The development of an informed group of strategic thinkers, doers and decision-makers, from a range of professional disciplines and/or partner organisations, who are equipped for working together in response to play sufficiency research.

Course costs

The current cost of the Understanding Play Sufficiency programme is £3000 plus VAT, inclusive of all training materials. The course will be delivered fully online, with participants joining from their individual computers. The maximum number of participants is 24. Each participant will be provided with a digital copy of the course workbook and associated reading materials.

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