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Information for local authorities and voluntary sector

Play Shaper: Engaging Communities in Play is a professional development programme to help those who plan, design, build and manage public space understand the importance of children’s play and their role in enabling it within the public realm. Play Shaper enables partnership working across local authorities and communities to create and maintain genuinely child-friendly public space.

The Play Shaper seminar uses practical exercises, case studies and group discussions, facilitated by experts in their field. It is designed to help participants understand:

  • the importance of play to children
  • their role in creating child-friendly spaces and places, where play and safe, active travel by children is supported
  • how supporting children’s play in their area can help deliver local priorities, for example increasing physical activity and developing sustainable communities
  • what can be done to encourage children’s play opportunities, drawing on good practice
  • the importance of cross-professional collaboration in creating child-friendly communities

Each seminar is tailored to the specific requirements of the priorities and needs of the local area.

Play Shaper emphasises how investing in play can help achieve the targets and priorities of those working in planning, health and safety, education, health, regeneration, the voluntary and community sector, and the police.

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Play Shaper online learning

Use the online learning environment after you have participated in a Play Shaper seminar. You can access learning materials, online discussions and an assessment quiz that accredits your continuing professional development.

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