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A Comparison of Playworkers and Non-playworkers Who Use a Playwork Approach

Peter King Orcid Logo, Shelly Newstead Orcid Logo

Child Care in Practice, Pages: 1 - 17

Swansea University Author: Peter King Orcid Logo

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The International Playwork Census (IPC) was undertaken to compare demographic data from both playworkers and non-playworkers who use a playwork approach in their work. Data were collected from 273 responses in nineteen different countries reflecting the growth of playwork from its United Kingdom beg...

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Published in: Child Care in Practice
ISSN: 1357-5279 1476-489X
Published: Informa UK Limited 2022
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa60648
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Abstract: The International Playwork Census (IPC) was undertaken to compare demographic data from both playworkers and non-playworkers who use a playwork approach in their work. Data were collected from 273 responses in nineteen different countries reflecting the growth of playwork from its United Kingdom beginnings. Results showed the combined playwork (102 responses) and non-playwork (171 responses) workforce is female, white with no registered disability with an average age of 44.8 years. There were also significant differences between job roles in relation to sector employed, playwork training and play qualifications undertaken. There were differences between playworkers and non-playworkers. Playworkers were significantly found to work in management or practice within the Third (Voluntary) sector and have playwork qualifications. Non-playworkers were significantly employed in the statutory sector, work at the board level and have no playwork qualification. Up-to-date demographic data are important to develop the professionalisation of playwork. This study provides a current profile of professionals working with children in a play context who see themselves as belonging to the playwork field. It provides a unique insight into two different sectors within the playwork field: adults who describe themselves as “playworkers” and adults who describe their practice as “a playwork approach”.
Keywords: Playwork, playwork approach, international play census, playwork workforce, professionalisation
College: College of Arts and Humanities
Start Page: 1
End Page: 17