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Playful Schools Online

Providing opportunities for rich and transformative play within the school day, every day

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Today, opportunities for play are being removed from schools around the world. Children are faced with shrinking recess periods, impoverished play environments and behavioral rules that are inconsistent and incoherent.

Children deserve better, and we can help.

This course offers a strong foundation and guide for anyone seeking to improve children’s opportunities for play in school, whether between classes or after. Each module includes a discussion of the topic by experienced professionals, case studies from schools in the US, UK and Australia, a key reading, and new vocabulary terms. The focus here is on building your capacity to make change, so reflective worksheets help you create your own site-specific plan of action.


Your Instructor


Team Pop-Up Adventure Play
Team Pop-Up Adventure Play

Pop-Up Adventure Play began in 2010 with the intention of developing a holistic, low-cost and community-based approach to supporting children’s play. Each member of the team has more than a decade's experience of front line play support and engagement with a variety of stakeholders. Today, we are proud to offer ongoing support and training, and to be encouraging the growth of an international community of Playwork students and practitioners in more than a twenty countries around the world.


Class Curriculum



Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

This course is ideal for:

- Educators, administrators and parents working in or primarily with schools

- People interested in playwork theory as applied to schools

This course is not for:

- People who want to become playworkers

- Those seeking play-based curricula or other educational approaches

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