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About Mark Gladwin

Mark's playwork career began in 1981 at York Playspace, where for 15 years he organised playschemes and after school clubs, developed a resource centre, and was part of the pre-history of playwork training. During this time, the Woodcraft Folk was a key part of his professional development.

In 1996 he moved to the Children's Society in Leeds, where he worked on playwork volunteer training and the development of play-centred quality assurance for out of school clubs.

Since 2002 he has been part of the Play team at Bradford Early Years & Childcare Service, where he co-researched and wrote (as part of a jobshare) the Bradford District play strategy, "All To Play For".

Mark is a former co-chair of the Joint National Committee on Training for Playwork. He holds a Level 4 qualification in Playwork, and works part time as an Assessor, Internal Verifier and External Verifier in Playwork. He is a founder Director and Chair of York & North Yorkshire Playwork Assessment Centre and a founder Director of Yorkshire Play. Mark has recently been awarded a Masters degree from Leeds Metropolitan University for a research study of children's attitudes to risk in play.

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