Essay on Understand Playwork Principles

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Task 3.9 – Resource 51 Task 1 * Explain the innate drive for children and young people to play. The Playwork Principles (2006) state “All children and young people need to play. The impulse to play is innate”. “Play is a process that is freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated. Children and young people determine and control the content and intent of their play by following their instincts, ideas and interests in their own way and for their own reasons. The child chooses when and how to play and this is seen as a biological drive, essential to health and well-being.” This means that play is seen as a natural instinct for a child and is their way of understanding the world around them. Play is something…show more content…
- Children value and benefit from staffed play provision. - Children’s play is enriched by skilled play workers. - Children need time and space to play at school. - Children sometimes need extra support to enjoy their right to play. These are of great importance and are essential to the development and well being of a child, having the rights of the child set in place helps us as playworkers to have something to follow and ensure that they are being put into practice and achieved within the setting. * Explain how playwork organisations seek to meet the rights of all children and young people for play. As a playworker it is important to have a good knowledge and understanding of children’s rights and the legal framework relating to them. We need to be able to evaluate existing policies to ensure that the rights of children and young people are being met, this includes consulting the children and young people on how the setting can best meet their rights and making them aware of how to assert them. Children should be given the opportunity to freely express their thoughts and ideas and it is important that these are acted on where possible as this will show the children and young people that you respect and value their opinions and allow us as playworkers to provide a play space and play equipment that they will be happy with. For example allowing children to choose what equipment they would like to play with and

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