About Us

Providing higher education qualifications, continued professional development opportunities, consultancy, evaluation and research in the realm of children’s play and playwork since 1991.

Rich in expertise, with an established reputation both nationally and internationally, we offer a wide range of opportunities for practitioners to engage in further enquiry into children’s play. Current opportunities and projects include:

Philosophy at Play Conference

We have now held four international biennial Philosophy at Play conferences at the University of Gloucestershire, looking at philosophy and play from all kinds of angles and building bridges between philosophers, play scholars and practitioners. Find Out More…

Thinking About Playwork

A 5 day professional development programme for experienced playwork practitioners, managers and development workers, offered face to face or via distance learning. Find Out More…

Play, Place and Space

A CPD programme for all professionals with responsibility for influencing and shaping environmental conditions to support children’s play.

Bespoke Play and Playwork Training

Our highly experienced team are able to design and deliver training to meet your needs.

Research and Consultancy

We welcome applications from prospective MA/MSc by Research or PhD students.
Interested in the research our team has been involved in? Find Out More …

Staff Profiles

Find out more about who we are and our recent publications

For further information contact:

Hilary Smith
Playwork Course Leader
Tel: +44 (0)1242 715207
Email: hsmith@glos.ac.uk


2 thoughts on “About Us

    1. Hi Ada, yes, our Masters progamme Professional Studies in Children’s Play covers playwork. There’s information on this site at: https://playandplaywork.com/courses-and-cpd/ma-professional-studies-in-childrens-play/ and you can apply online via our main University page at: http://www.glos.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/psc/pages/professional-studies-in-childrens-play-postgraduate-certificate-postgraduate-diploma-ma.aspx Please feel free to contact me direct if you have further queries.


      Hilary Smith
      Playwork Course Leader
      School of Leisure
      Faculty of Applied Sciences
      ^University of Gloucestershire
      Oxstalls Campus
      Oxstalls Lane
      GL2 1HW
      Tel: +44 (0)1242 71 5207
      Email: hsmith@glos.ac.uk
      Skype: hilaryesmith


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