Children and young people’s lives are playful. The importance of play in involving the four to eight age group in participation processes needs to be recognised. By entering the realities of children through play, we attempt to understand the child’s perspective. This can be done through many means.
Play Your Part was a one-year pilot project which aimed to assist 10 youth groups to embed a culture of effective participation and practice with children aged four to eight. The project goal was to develop a training framework alongside a set of participatory tools aimed at supporting youth workers to create an environment in which the views, opinions and voices of children aged four to eight could be better heard within youth settings.
Evaluation of the pilot has highlighted a clear appetite for Play Your Part training in the youth work sector, and outlines how the project has built on the capacity of youth workers to facilitate playwork in youth settings for four to eight year olds.