Mansfield Play Forums School Play Project offers advice, support and services to Primary Schools in Mansfield. The aim of the project is to promote develop and support quality play and play related activities.

Playworkers go along and put on sessions for the children, where they are able to play with some guidance in order to learn new games and activities. The aim is to help children to communicate and make new friends within the environment whilst learning new skills in play.

“Thinking outside the box can do wonders for disadvantaged pupils, according to evidence from schools about how they are using the Government’s pupil premium to improve performance”. – Schools Ministers David Laws (2015)



To work within and around schools, to provide Positive Play Opportunities for children in primary school in Mansfield aged between 5-12 yrs. Using Therapeutic Playwork techniques to deliver Positive Play sessions for children, raising self- esteem, promoting emotional health, improving attendance.

Engaging; parents, carers and other adults in positive play activities.

Encourage participation in the process of play development, and sustainability of the Positive Play Projects in school and their communities.

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Benefits to children and schools


Playworkers in schools:

Working in partnership with schools to provide Playworkers to plan

and deliver positive play opportunities in schools over lunchtime.

Our Playworkers work alongside the Middays giving support by playing traditional playground games that helps to make Lunchtimes fun and keep the children active and ready to learn.


Play clubs for targeted children:

Play sessions for children who present as vulnerable and marginalised, due to challenges in relation to their behaviour, play and social interaction skills.


Positive play clubs

Afterschool club as part of the extended day, giving children the opportunity to build positive friendships in a relaxed environment, enjoying new crafts and activities.

We have worked within a number of schools in the Mansfield area over the last four years. Our “chill out club” at Oaktree Primary is our longest running and has provided valuable play opportunities to many children.



Other support has included playground development, children’s participation and consultation. If you require any further information on any of our services please do not hesitate to contact us.


Courses available through Positive Play in Schools Project:


Midday Play Training: Supporting people involved in supervising

Playtimes to create a fun environment for everyone, provide positive play opportunities for children and empowering adults and children to

resolve playtime problems.

3x2hour sessions £450


Buddy Training: Encouraging children to participate in planning and running play opportunities, The children will learn about conflict

resolution, working as a team, being fair and inclusive and being good role models. Buddies help to create a positive play environment on the playground.

3x2hour sessions £450


Traditional Play Workshops: Providing opportunities to explore, discover and experience traditional games.


Workshops for Parent & Carers: Sessions can be tailored to your needs and help promote Parent and Carer engagement within your school.

Got any questions? Give us a call on 01623 421149
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