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Welcome To Common Threads!

Common Threads supports adults who work with children to develop their playwork practice. We are the home of PARS playwork practice and also publish innovative playwork publications. Common Threads has been trading as a social enterprise for over 20 years.

What Is Playwork?

Playwork originated in adventure playgrounds, which were created in the middle of the twentieth century. Nowadays playwork is a unique professional approach to working with children in their free time. The aim of playwork is to work to the child’s agenda.

PARS Playwork Practice 

PARS is the first ever model of playwork practice. Grounded in the original philosophy of the adventure playground pioneers, the PARS model is being used around the world to enable children to have time and space to be kids.  PARS enables adults who work with children in a wide range of settings to articulate, develop and evaluate their playwork practice.

  • Find out how the PARS model is making a difference and how to become a PARS practitioner here.