Understanding How to Work with Colleagues and Other Key Partners to Develop an Organisational Framework for Children and Young Peoples’ Play.

The importance of organisational framework for children and young peoples’ play provision
In this section I am going to be looking at the importance of having values, policies and procedures in children’s and young peoples’ settings to uphold their right to play. We have Policies and procedures to make sure everything and everyone within the organisation follows the same structure and course of actions, we have values to make sure that everyone is working towards to same things. Together this ensures that the organisation runs smoothly and has a beneficial environment for everyone.
Values, policies and procedures in playwork organisations
Values: are important to playwork organisations because they provide an opportunity to communicate the beliefs and values that inform the work, of the setting. They state what the established principles are for professional and ethical framework for playwork, they also describe what is unique about play and playwork, and provide the playwork perspective for working with children and young people. Each setting uses the Playwork Principles to create the settings values and that often includes a mission statement. A mission statement is a short statement that summarises the settings values and overall goals, for example, ‘Everyone Everywhere’.
Policies: are important to playwork organisations because they provide a basis to cover all legislation that informs the work, of the setting. They help everyone involved (manager, staff, parents and children) to understand their roles and responsibilities and what to expect from one another. Sound policies can provide a framework through which many legal requirements are satisfied, including the UN convention on the rights of children, particularly article 31 which says ‘Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.’

Procedures: are important to playwork organisations because they provide a clear and easily understood plan...