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Play development service

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Play is an essential part of childhood and is a way for children to learn about the world. It is fundamental to their health, well-being and development.

Our aim, shared with children, young people and their families, is for all children and young people aged from 5 years to be able to enjoy a range of safe and exciting play opportunities close to where they live. Working in conjunction with the play work values and assumptions to embrace and encourage the countless benefits of play in childhood.

The Play Development Service offer a wide range of inclusive play activities in the five neighbourhood areas of Gateshead and are involved in a number of programs supporting Positive Activities for Young People. 

This includes delivering weekly term time, after school and lunchtime play sessions in both school and community venues. Alongside half term holiday schemes and Active Kidz Spring and Summer programs. 

The Play Development Service aims to provide young people with opportunities to access a wide range of activities such as arts and crafts, drama, cookery, sport and games.

Throughout the play sessions, play workers provide encouragement, motivation and enthusiasm, as well as supervision and behaviour management strategies, to enable young people to participate in play activities.