2018 was another big year for Ludicology, here’s a brief overview of the work we did in the past 12 months…
Evaluation of play interventions at Chester Zoo
Localised play sufficiency assessment of a single electoral ward for Wrexham County Borough Council
Full local authority play sufficiency assessment for Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council (ongoing)
Policy Development projects:
Play and risk management policy and accompanying guidance produced for Chester Zoo
Play policy development support and staff mentoring for Brymbo Heritage Trust (ongoing)
Play portfolio and training resource produced for Wild Kind CIC
Supervision and mentoring support for the Play Development Manager at AVOW who run The Land Adventure Playground in Plas Madoc (ongoing)
Submission of advice and guidance to Hackney Council regarding play sufficiency and the development of child friendly cities, with ZCD Architects
Play sufficiency assessment consultancy support for Isle of Anglesey County Council (ongoing)
Training, conferences and presentations:
“The sense and non-sense of play” – professional development for staff at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum.
‘Home Life’ – a conference focusing on creating the conditions for more playful parenting. Designed and delivered by Ludicology in partnership with the North Wales Play Officers Group in Llandudno.
Keynote and joint facilitation of three Play and Public Health conferences in various locations around Wales, with Play Wales.
Presentation on ‘Loose parts play: making sense of the research’ at the School Life conference in Blaenau Gwent for Play Wales.
Keynote and workshop on ‘Loose parts play: making sense of the research’ for Barnsley Early Years and Family Services as part of their quality improvement event
Presentation on ‘how a play intervention program influenced the lives of two primary school communities’ at the Towards Play Sufficiency: Making Sense of the Research conference in Wrexham for Play Wales.
Presentation on ‘how a play intervention program influenced the lives of two primary school communities at the National Playwork Conference in Eastbourne.
Workshop on ‘Children’s right to play’ delivered to students on the Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology at The University of Manchester.
Presentation on ‘Developing and sharing knowledge to better support play’ to students and staff of the Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology at The University of Manchester.
Keynote on ‘Play sufficiency and it’s implications for playwork’ at the ‘Manifesto for play’ play policy roadshow for Play England and the Playwork Foundation at Sycamore Adventure Playground in Dudley.
Presentation on ‘Play sufficiency an organising principle for child friendly cities’ as part of the Child Friendly Cities symposium at the Green Party National Conference in Bristol.
The Land (by David Bullough, Claire Pugh and Ben Tawil), chapter in Aspects of Playwork edited by Fraser Brown and Bob Hughes
Play, Creativity and Tool Use, information sheet for Play Wales (awaiting publication)
Play and Older Children, information sheet for Play Wales (awaiting publication)
We also featured in a Guardian article about the Welsh Play Sufficiency Duty
Many thanks to all those we worked for and with in 2018, including: Chester Zoo, Wrexham County Borough Council, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, Brymbo Heritage Trust, Wild Kind, AVOW, Hackney Council, Isle of Anglesey County Council, Eureka!, the North Wales Play Officers Group, Play Wales, Barnsley Early Years and Family Services, The University of Manchester, The Green Party, Play England, The Playwork Foundation and ZCD Architects.