CRPR06007 2017 Play Environments: Indoor and Outdoor

General Details

Full Title
Play Environments: Indoor and Outdoor
Transcript Title
Play Environments
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Subject Area
CRPR - Creative Practice
SOCS - Social Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Breda McTaggart, Kate Brown, Suzanne Collery, Aoife Cooney
Programme Membership
SG_GPLAY_N06 201700 Level 6 Special Purpose Award in Applied Arts in Playwork: Practice and Provision

Learners will consider and design indoor and outdoor environments for playwork, within the constraints and changes of children current lives and living. Examining opportunities for professionals to develop traditional and non-traditional spaces for playing; places large and small, inside or out, that are engaging to the child, and support their playing.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Discuss the changing face of children's play environments 


Identify the play worker’s role in creating and resourcing inclusive and challenging play environments.


Design a space for play utillising the playwork principles


Examine the relevant policies which impact on playwork enviroments

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching and Learning Strategies will be play based, to mirror the philosophy of the course.

Practical case studies, film, text and creative practices will be employed to support effective pedagogy.

This module will be delivered through a blended learning methdology;

6 hours online: One hour alternate weeks.

24 hours face- to- face: Two residentials.

Module Assessment Strategies

Assignment will include both practical and theoretical dimensions and will be in the form of a Capstone Project which incorporates the learning outcomes from modules: Play Environments and Experiential Learners.

This takes the form of a research project.

The process commences with an agreed proposal with the teaching team. The student will then undertake empirical research and write and present the research report to their peers. This is a paired and shared assessment.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Project will be determined based on failed components and areas for further development.

Module Dependencies

CRPR06006 201700 Play and Playwork: Theory and Practice

Indicative Syllabus

1: Discuss the changing face of children's play environments

Learners will explore the impact of protective discourses on children's play spaces. In addition, they will consider and be open and recpetive to new perspectives of the child as digital native and ICT in play spaces.

2:.Identify the play worker’s role in creating and resourcing inclusive and challenging play environments.

Learners will examine current play opportunities and work towards responding to them. They will interact effectively with others, through collaboration, team work and negotiation to support the development of play spaces.

3: Design a space for play, utilising the playwork principles

Learners will undertake research of spaces created using the playwork principles, in order to critiqe and inform their own aspirational models of play environments. They will then design a space that will stimulate children’s play and maximise their opportunities for a wide range of play experiences within this space.

4: Examine and analyse the relevant policies which impact on playwork environments

Policy areas may include: inclusion, children's rights, health and safety, child protection.

Learners will examine and analyse policies, such as Ready, Steady, Play and other Irish local government policies; International policies, for example: UNCRC.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Cap Stone Project Project Individual Project 100 % Week 12 1,2,3,4

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop Flat Classroom Workshop 12 Twice Per Semester 1.60
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.60 Hours

Distance Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Distance Learning Suite Online 1 Fortnightly 0.50
Total Distance Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 0.50 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2008 The Outdoor Playspace Naturally: for children birth to five years Pademelon Press

The outdoor playspace naturally challenges perceptions about early childhood outdoor playspaces, and suggests ways to inspire change. It provides a foundation for creating natural, dynamic, and engaging playspaces, and fostering ongoing collaboration between children, parents and staff. This easy-to-read book guides early childhood practitioners, teachers and caregivers to encourage engagement with the outside world. Also includes inspiring photographs and case studies that emphasise the positives of well-designed outdoor playspaces. Topics covered include: Designing natural playspaces: Principles How do natural playspaces meet developmental needs and interests making natural playspaces more accessible to children with disabilities. A useful reference book for all involved in early childhood education to refresh their ideas about what can be done and why it is important for children to dig in mud and get in touch with nature.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Journal of Playwork PracticeISSN 2053-1621

International Journal of Play

URL Resources

Additional Information

A handbook of resources will be supplied to the students on commencement of their programme.