PARS Hong Kong
In Hong Kong PARS training is run by Playright. Playright aims to build a society that respects, protects and fulfills a child’s right to play, where children can enjoy their childhood. https://playright.org.hk Playright strives to satisfy the play needs of every child through a variety of demonstration projects and community empowerment, including organizing activities, arrangement of professional training, provision of play resources and operation of play spaces.
The PARS model is the backbone of the professional training to train up teaching staff and community workers to support children’s free play in early childhood settings, special schools and community play spaces across Hong Kong.
Play in School
In Hong Kong, children start their schooling at an early age. Hence, it would be ideal if play could be integrated into their school life. Starting from 2011, we have introduced play in special schools. Through demonstration projects, training for teachers, on-site consultancy and de-briefing and parents’ talks, we have helped teachers to arrange free play on their own.
In response to the requirement that “half-day and whole-day kindergartens should enable children to participate in free play lasting for no less than 30 and 50 minutes respectively every day” stipulated in the “Kindergarten Education Curriculum Guide” issued by the Education Bureau in early 2017, we seized the opportunity to launch the “Seed School Training Programme”. With the different characteristics and needs of schools in mind, we have arranged demonstrations, training and on-site consultancy and de-briefing to equip school teachers with the skills of arranging free play through the use of the PARS model.
We hope that the concept of “Seed Schools” will be expanded so that free play time can be extended from kindergartens to all pre-school settings, special schools and primary schools.
Play in the Community
Children’s holistic growth is also related to their wider communities, not just their schools. If people in the communities accept children’s play, support play and even create opportunity for play, children can grow and develop more healthily. Hence, we began the trial of our community play projects in 2012. In 2013, we launched a 3-year project titled “The Playbourhood” and implemented this in different phases in Tin Shui Wai, Wong Tai Sin, Sau Mau Ping and Tseung Kwan O.
In 2017, we introduced another 3-year project named “Playful Community League” which was implemented in Tai Po, Lai Chi Kok, Central Western District and Kwai Tsing. We aim to motivate the residents, community groups and organizations to join together and share their efforts to build up an atmosphere of free play and to establish a regular play space in the community parks so as to create a playful community for children. The PARS model underpins the training of the Play in the Community project both in the way that we offer advice about designing community play spaces and in our training for the community workers.
We hope that there will be a child-led play space in every community and this concept can blossom in all 18 districts in Hong Kong so that every little neighbour can benefit from play.
Certificate and Diploma in PARS Playwork Practice courses have been held for child related professionals and university students in the past few years and we hope that more children can enjoy play with the dissemination of the PARS model.
在香港，PARS model的培訓是由智樂兒童遊樂協會提供， 智樂兒童遊樂協會旨於建立一個尊重、保護、實踐兒童遊戲權利的社會，讓小朋友樂享童年。
遊戲工作專業培訓以PARS model 為骨幹，讓幼稚園和特殊學校的教職員、及社區人士學懂如何為成長中的每一位兒童，創造遊戲，滿足小朋友的需要。
此外，在過去幾年，我們舉辦了以PARS model 為基礙的遊戲工作實踐證書課程及遊戲工作實踐文憑課程，讓更多從事與兒童有關的專業人士及學生，能更深化的認識自由遊戲，藉此令更多兒童能享受真正的自由遊戲。