What We Do

Thursday August 31, 2023

Ludicology are play consultants and researchers. Ludicology provide advice, research and training services for visitor attractions and cultural institutions, planners, designers and developers, local government and community organisations, children’s services and advocacy organisations. This blog outlines the type of work we do and includes links to some examples of the work we have done and the partners we have done it with.

Ludicology Knowledge transfer partnerships and organisational development

Much of our work focuses on developing organisational policies and procedures that support rather than constrain children’s ability to find time and space for play. This includes encouraging adults to pay greater attention to children’s play and enabling them to feel confident in allowing children more freedom. An important part of this is addressing adult concerns about safety and litigation and the development of risk management processes that balance adults’ duty of care with the benefits of children being enabled to play.

Another important aspect of our advice work is supporting the design and development of physical environments that provide for children’s play, whether that be at a neighbourhood level, across visitor attractions or in designated spaces for play. In particular, at Ludicology we focus on the extent to which physical environments can support the unique behavioural characteristics of play and how embedding consideration of play into design processes can help to prevent constraints having to be imposed on children, making life a little easier for everyone involved.

See here for a list of clients and projects.


Ludicology Play research and spatial developments

Good policies, practices, design processes and play provision are informed by real-life evidence from robust research. Too often adults ignore or make assumptions about children’s opportunities for play and therefore what might be the most effective ways of protecting and improving conditions for playing. A big part of Ludicology’s work has been facilitating creative research with children, parents and other community stakeholders and using the information gathered to recommend strategic interventions in support of children’s play. In doing so we have developed tried and tested methods for producing play sufficiency assessments and our research findings have been published and presented to a wide range of audiences.

See here for a list of clients and projects.

Ludicology Training and professional development

The other significant part of our work is professional development, ensuring that adults working with or on behalf of children have access to engaging and insightful training informed by contemporary research, theory and practice with regard to children’s play. Over the past few years, the professional development opportunities we have designed and delivered have included one-day training courses, large multi-agency events, conference keynotes and workshops. The themes covered include: the nature and benefits of playing, the role of play in resilience and well-being, cultivating the conditions for play, working with playing children, risk-benefit assessment, play sufficiency research and findings and the role of schools in children’s play. We have also produced written materials for other training providers.

See here for a list of clients and projects

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Ludicology support those interested in play and playfulness to develop evidence based play centred policies and practices through our advice, research and training services. Use this form to get in touch and to let us know what kind of support you require.