Kirklees Play Strategy: Get Involved

October 6, 2017

in Kirklees Forest School Network, News

Forest School Practitioners Needed for Focus Group Events

The NCS Blazing Squad Team exploring play at Beaumont ParkStarting next Monday (9th October) Kirklees are running a series of Focus Groups as part of their consultation process for their new play strategy.  They are very keen for a Forest School Practitioner to be at each session as part of an expert panel who can give different viewpoints on play and the benefits of different types of play.  They have approached our new Kirklees Forest School Network for help and are looking for people who:

  • know about a particular ward or area
  • know why natural areas are valuable for play
  • understand play in its different forms
  • know what the developmental benefits of play are
  • know how can play be of benefit to all ages
  • have ideas about how can we encourage play anywhere and not just at a particular destination

The original schedule of events is here – Focus Groups Schedule 170928  – and this is the updated schedule:

Play Engagement Sessions v2 171017.docx

Please contact:

to let them know if you’re interested in attending.

Each Focus Group will run for 2 hours and it is hoped that a variety of invited guests and local people will attend.  Each will start with an introduction, followed by half an hour of Q&A with the expert panel (including someone from Landscapes, someone from the University, as well as someone representing Forest School).  This will be followed by group exercises looking at the plans for each ward, how people are currently using the area for play, and what the barriers are to people getting out and playing.

The Council is keen to get the message across play isn’t just about playgrounds and that each area will have a different approach depending on needs and resources.  They would like to move towards a more natural approach to play wherever possible.

Common themes and key quotes will be compiled from each session and fed into the final strategy document.  The consultation process will go on until the end of November through a combination of events and an online questionnaire.  The strategy will be presented to Councillors in February, before going to Cabinet for approval and will be finalised by April 2018.

You can find a copy of the draft play strategy here –

and a link to the online questionnaire here –


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