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May 29th 2012
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
An unusual thing happened on a bus journey of mine the other day – or at least I hope it was unusual. I was on a bus in London on a very rainy day heading to a school I was due to work at (and no that’s not the unusual bit despite the fact that some of my friends and colleagues think I wouldn’t know what a bus looked like if it came up and bit me). It was this: a group of young children and adults very clearly from some kind of childcare setting (corporate staff clothing...
May 15th 2012
Special News for those in Ireland working with children and young people
PLAY & LEARNING - A Residential Summer School with MARC ARMITAGE and STEVE GOODE at the University of Limerick (Ireland) 23rd – 27th July 2012 Marc and Steve are presenting the first ever residential summer school on a PLAYWORKING approach to working with children and young people. Aimed at people working with children of all ages this challenging, continuing professional event at Level VI and above will provide accommodation, meals, entertainment an...
May 15th 2012
The Importance of Touching Stuff
Some years ago I related an observation made in a neighbourhood street in a paper I wrote for a conference. In front of me was a young man, of maybe four going five, who was walking along the footpath with a stick in one hand and his (what I presume) was his mothers in the other. He reached a metal fence on his side of the path, one of those with upright iron bars with spikes on, and did exactly what you might expect a five year old with a stick in his hand to do – he st...
May 8th 2012
Old School is the best School
I am quite varied in my research interests as far as children and young people, their play and their wider social lives are concerned. But one interest I have in particular is in exploring the differences between design intentions and actual use. I also like exploring changes in the design of common environments over time and identifying what difference that makes to what children and young people actually do there. That’s why I like writing about school playgrounds &ndas...
May 5th 2012
A Ghost Dog, Exorcism and a Playful Playworker
When I’m away working in North-West Wales I tend to stay at a very nice guest house on Anglesey called Nant Yr Odyn (proprietors Wendy and Andy Chape). I’ve been visiting quite a few years now and can well recommend it. My last week-long visit, which has just ended, was a bit more unusual though. When I arrived on Sunday evening, Wendy told me that I was going in Room 3 and that I needed to be careful. A previous guest had asked if there had ever been a small ...
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