Training & Professional Development

We are committed to sharing the understanding, experience and learning we have developed over the last 25 years and are enthusiastic to debate and learn more about the development of play space.

Our training programmes are devised closely with clients to ensure that they are relevant to local and personal needs. Training will always include practical experiences whether focussing on learning and play in schools eg working with fire, or undertaking risk benefit assessments on real bespoke play features/designs.

Our study tours and conferences draw on exciting practice across the globe as well as our very varied projects which include the large number of play spaces developed at Stirling Council until 2010.

In our partnership with PLAYLINK over the last 5 years, we have been at the forefront of fresh new thinking on creating spaces with opportunities for children to experience risk and particularly the management of challenging bespoke features. This has included the development of risk benefit assessment practice, now supported by the HSE, and a depth of knowledge to support clients to navigate these often confusing waters.

  • Whole school staff training /CPD programmes(click through to A5 leaflet on Working with Loose Materials)
  • Design workshops
  • Practical risk management through risk- benefit assessment
  • Study tours
  • Conferences

Examples of training programmes:

  • This Place is Like a Building Site: a report and practical guidance for the introduction of working with loose materials in primary school settings in North Lanarkshire
  • Risk It! – Changing public play spaces: A PLAYLInk conference in partnership with Stirling Council 2009.
  • Creating a Culture of Kindness: Training of Fife Early Years’ Service on effective engagement with children, commissioned by the Scottish Children’s Parliament.