Playwork Principles

At Corfe Castle Kids Club we feel that children's play is vitally important, so we follow the Playwork Principles. These principles establish the professional and ethical framework for playwork, and describe what is unique about play and playwork, and provide the playwork perspective for working with children and young people. They are based on the recognition that children and young people’s capacity for positive development will be enhanced if given access to the broadest range of environments and play opportunities:

  1. All children need to play, it is a biological, psychological and social necessity. Play is essential for the healthy development of the child and the wider community.
  2. Play should be freely chosen. Children should decide how and where they play, why they’re playing and what happens in their play.
  3. Playworkers should facilitate play, helping children to make their own decisions, and giving them control of their play. This should form the basis of all playwork training.
  4. For playworkers, the process of play is the most important thing, and we support and promote play in all areas of our work.
  5. The role of the playworker is to support all children in creating spaces in which they can play.
  6. Playworkers use their knowledge of the play process, and reflective practice, when responding to children’s play.
  7. Playworkers are aware of the impact their presence has on the play space, and the impact of children and their play on the playworker.
  8. Playworkers understand that it is important not to interrupt the play process unnecessarily. Intervention must balance risk with the benefit and well-being of the child.

The Playwork Principles are held in trust for the UK playwork profession by the Playwork Principles Scrutiny Group, Cardiff 2005, that acted as an honest broker overseeing the consultations through which they were developed. The copyright of the Playwork Principles is held in trust for the playwork profession by the Playwork Principles Scrutiny Group. Any reference in writing or otherwise to the Playwork Principles should be attributed to the Playwork Principles Scrutiny Group, Cardiff 2005.