Playwork and Play


The Alliance is engaged in a multi-pronged campaign to restore play to children’s lives and to introduce the profession of playwork in the U.S. "Playworker" is the name used in the United Kingdom and elsewhere for professionals trained to support play with children in adventure playgrounds and other settings. They do not lead the children in play but encourage and support it. They also do risk assessments to give children maximum freedom in their play within bounds of safety.

In the U.S., examples of playworkers in action can be found at the Adventure Playground in Berkeley and the new Imagination Playground, which opened in New York in July, 2010.


For information on play and playwork, see:


Video of playworker Penny Wilson.

The Playwork Primer, a delightful introduction to play and playwork.

Policy briefs on play in relation to health and to early education.        

Fact Sheet: Play playwork, and adventure playgrounds.

Fact Sheet: Play every day

A String of Beads: a collection of play stories and essays by Penny Wilson

See resources on play for organizations and leading individuals in the field of play and playwork.

Webinar on "How to Be a Play Advocate: Tools and Tips for Activists and Troublemakers" done by the Alliance in conjunction with KaBOOM!

Click here for tips on developing play dayswild zones for outdoor play, and nature clubs for families.