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Play Work - CYWU puts first play work motion to TUC

Posted on Friday, September 01, 2000

"The Community and Youth Workers' Union has made history this year by placing before the TUC Congress the first ever motion on play work. This motion follows the successful progress of the Union's new playworker's section in Wales. The text of the TUC Motion is as follows:

From: The Community and Youth Workers' Union.

Motion: TUC Congress 2000.

Play Services to Children.

Congress recognises the central importance of play in the development of children and notes the consistent research findings that demonstrate that educational achievement is enhanced when children have been able to explore and grow through the free association of play.

Congress appreciates the skills of play workers who staff a wide variety of community based facilities which enhance learning and enjoyment in childhood through play.

Congress believes that the public provision of open access play work provides an essential right and stepping stone for all children in their early years and that such facilities should be universally available.

Congress welcomes the comprehensive national child care strategy and its positive impact on family friendly policies and returning more adults with families to the world of work. Congress believes that this strategy also opens new opportunities for learning and development for children through constructive play and educational activities.

Congress notes with concern the increasingly threadbare patchwork of provision for play and calls on the General Council to work with those national organisations currently seeking to establish a more secure infrastructure for this element of local authority provision organised in conjunction with the voluntary sector."

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