Play Work Reaserch

Playwork Research

Simon Nicholson developed the theory of Loose Parts.   Within this he states that any environment, inventiveness, creativity and the possibility of discovery are directly influenced by the number of variables/loose parts in it.   Loose parts can be anything, resources, toys, props for play, areas of play, spaces/environments.

As a playworker using loose parts in the environment will enable you to successfully incorporate compound flexibility into your play practice.   Compound Flexibility means to ensure that the play spaces/environment are adaptable and flexible to the children and young people’s needs and play preferences.   Children should be able to make their own choices and decisions and adapt spaces to fit their own play.   The children who access the play can then use the many and varying resources you provide to adapt and change to meet their own needs, explore their own values and ultimately direct their own play (self-directed play).
By providing many loose parts within the play spaces/environment children will then experience:   Play Types, Mood Descriptors, Behaviour Modes.

Within Playwork there are 16 Play Types that children enjoy.   You will complete research about these.   When children play there are also types of behaviour and moods they may display within their play you will also research these.

Research the 5 Behaviour Modes and 8 Mood Descriptors and give an explanation of what is involved in each or what they mean…..   Behaviour Modes

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