First Australian Educators qualified in PARS playwork!

Playwork was created as a new way of working with children in the adventure playgrounds set up across the UK just after the Second World War, and then spread to other places such as schools and hospitals from the 1960s. In the early 1990s the UK National Occupational Standards for Playwork were developed to qualify […]

Opportunities for academics to increase their research impact

This is an open invitation for academics researching in the broad area of children and childhood to increase the impact of their research this year. The PARS playwork community offers a wide range of opportunities to share your research with an international network of practitioners, policy-makers and researchers and to support the development of new […]

PARS blog – PARS, playwork and A.S. Neill by Dr Shelly Newstead

I first came across A.S. Neill when I embarked on my doctoral research programme. At the time, there was a dearth of accessible playwork literature, and I was curious to find out what playworkers were reading and where they were getting their ideas from.  So I set up a small survey and found that many […]

Common Threads becomes an NCFE Award Centre

Common Threads has been approved by NCFE as an international Award Centre and will begin offering accredited playwork qualifications around the world in the next few months.   Approval as an NCFE Award Centre involves undergoing a comprehensive and thorough review to ensure that an organisation meets of a wide range of quality criteria, from […]

PARS Newsletters

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Exciting times for PARS playwork – download our recent newsletters! PARS News no. 1 Sept 2018 PARS News no. 2 Dec 2018 PARS News no. 3 Apr 2019 PARS News no. 4 Oct 2019 PARS News no. 5 Dec 2020 PARS News no. 6 Feb 2021 PARS News no. 7 Mar 2021 PARS News no. […]

Shanghai’s first adventure playground!

In January 2021, Shanghai opened its first PARS adventure playground in YangpuDistrict. Located in the biggest community garden in Shanghai, this place was originallydesigned as a play space when the community garden opened 6 years ago, but it wasnot carefully planned.   The concept of adventure playgrounds isstarting to gain attention in mainland China,and at […]

New 2nd Edition of The Busker’s Guide to Inclusion

First published in 2005, The Busker’s Guide to Inclusion has consistently been our second most popular Busker’s Guide, with over 15,000 copies sold all over the world. The new second edition has been fully updated to incorporate current UK legal requirements, new thinking and additional guidance, plus a new further resources section. The author, Philip […]

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