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Losing the 'monopoly': A French experience of playwork practice

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This article explores the implementation of PlayPods, designed by Children's Scrapstore in the UK, in two French school playgrounds as part of an Erasmus+ project. The use of PlayPods was an innovative undertaking in France where playwork is an emerging discipline. The researchers used an ethnographic approach to examine the two settings, based on observation and focus groups with children and animateurs to collect data. The findings include responses to the training presentation and four key issues, which were (1) the scrap material, (2) the animateurs' position, (3) conflicts among children and (4) the risks. I conclude with a discussion of the relationship between children's play and French animateurs who adopted an intermediate position between their usual practices and playwork principles.
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Document Type: Research Article

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Publication date: May 2017

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  • The Journal of Playwork Practice aims to advance playwork research and practice by providing the first ever interdisciplinary platform for the publication and dissemination of scholarship relevant to playwork practice. The Journal of Playwork Practice bridges the playwork theory-practice divide by facilitating practitioner access to research relevant to their practice, and enables researchers interested in 'playwork' to access a hitherto inaccessible field of practice and its literature.

    The Journal of Playwork Practice was published by Policy Press from 2014 to 2017, and will return with its new publisher as the International Journal of Playwork Practice in 2019. Further information is available at:

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