Definitions for playwork
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Work that is very easy or enjoyable.
A branch of childcare involving the supervision and development of play.
Playwork is the work of creating and maintaining spaces for children to play. The theory and practice of playwork recognises that children's play must be 'Freely chosen, personally driven and intrinsically motivated.' Children's playing must not be 'Adulterated' by any adult or external agendas. It is the job of a playworker to ensure that the broadest possible range of Play Types is available to children, to observe, reflect and analyse the playing that is happening and select a mode of intervention or make a change to the playspace if needed. The profession has its roots in the early Adventure Playground movement and can now be studied to degree and masters levels. Playwork should not be confused with Childcare, Childcare is entirely structured play. Being qualified in Playwork can lead to a wide range of jobs, including working for Early Years, Sure Start, Out of School Clubs, Youth Clubs and other community groups.
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