Leeds Metropolitan University
The aim of the course is to produce playwork practitioners who are able members of the children’s workforce, skilled in practice and well versed in theory. Graduates of the course will engage with the complexity of play and its deferred benefits for both the child and wider community. They have a wide range of inter-disciplinary skills and competencies. These include an ability to facilitate, enable, mediate, motivate, empathise, advocate and develop policy and strategy.
The course therefore aims to:
- Develop an informed, critical and creative approach to playwork practice
- Combine insights into the nature of children’s play with a critical understanding of the political and social environment affecting playwork provision.
- Provide the theoretical understandings that will inform practice and develop students’ intellectual and practice skills in engaging with grounded theory through research.
- Engage students with the principles and values underpinning playwork practice within an ethical framework for action.