developing playwork practice
The PARS training I attended was a wonderful experience. I came away with a whole different perspective on working with children.
Kerry Smith, Brisbane, Australia
I would highly recommend PARS training to anyone who wants to learn more about children and why play is such an important thing in children's and, in fact, in everybody's life.
Cam Cheung, Hong Kong
The PARS model provides systematic guidance and offers practical techniques at a working level. It feels like I have a toolkit at hand when working with children, and strong theoretical as well as terminological support when presenting the concept to parents.
Li Ding, Beijing
PARS really supported the ethos of our out of school club which focuses on allowing children to play, take risk and develop freely with little adult input. As a forest school level 3 practitioner I feel this also helped me with forest school sessions, my work in EYFS and gave me the confidence to talk to parents, carers and teachers about the benefits of play.
Adam Smart, Cambridge, UK
As a parent, I now use the theories and techniques I learned from PARS to let my children truly enjoy their free time. It also helped me become more confident about children's developmental needs in the highly competitive modern environment. I would strongly recommend PARS training to anyone who works with children.
Caron Qian, Shanghai
PARS is the first ever model of playwork practice, grounded in the original philosophy of the adventure playground pioneers. PARS Training is playwork training with a difference: it enables playwork practitioners working in any setting to articulate, develop and evaluate their practice. PARS Training enables playwork practitioners to explain how and why their practice differs from other approaches to working with children.
"I found the PARS training to be a very effective reflective tool which continues to help me question and evaluate my own practice, and that of my team from different perspectives. The training sessions were stimulating and enjoyable, generating a lot of discussion between practitioners from a variety of settings. I'm really glad I took the time to attend!" Annette Woodhams, Cambridge, UK
"I loved participating in the PARS training. It was a fantastic introduction to playwork; providing great tools to help in our important work with children. It translates beautifully to the Outside School Hours context in Australia and I can’t wait to attend the master class! " Rarni Rothwell, Brisbane, Australia
PARS Training is currently available in China and South East Asia through our licensed PARS Trainers. Contact us for more information about the current training programme for kindergarten teachers in Hong Kong or to arrange PARS training in your area.
Read more about PARS in an interview with Shelly Newstead, founder of PARS playwork practice, published in leading Hong Kong magazine Ming Pao
Shelly will be delivering the following PARS MasterClasses:
Cambridge, UK - 20 January, 27th January, 3rd February 2018
Jersey - 16, 17, 18, 19th April 2018
Contact us for more details.