Community Play Rangers are playworkers who facilitate and support children’s play in outdoor environments. Children have less freedom to play out than generations of parents have had which, combined with parental fear of traffic, strangers and other dangers, means that children are often unable to access their local community green spaces unsupervised.
We first began Community Play Rangers in 2002 with the launch of the first Community Play Rangers in B&NES at Rosewarn Park, Whiteway funded through Better Play.
We ran the CPR team until July 2005 when another organisation took over the running of all CPRs in B&NES.
From April 2009, we have employed two teams of two Community Play Rangers working in a variety of outdoor environments in the Foxhill and Twerton areas of Bath, supported by volunteers. We work closely with other Community Play Rangers in the B&NES area to ensure that there is a consistent and good quality approach.
It is important for children to be able to play outdoors freely, actively and imaginatively, able to take risks and be challenged.
Community Play Rangers are qualified play workers, trained and police checked.
Community Play Rangers are there to manage risks and enable children and young people to make the most of their leisure time and have fun by supervising and supporting children in their play.
Children attending CPR Sessions are asked to give Basic information including Name, Age, Contact Telephone number (in case of accident) and to tell playworkers if they have any additional needs including allergies or medical conditions.
Children are free to come and go as they please.
For further information about Community Play Rangers working in other areas of Bath and North East Somerset, please go to: http://www.wpa-play.com/
Bath Area Play Project Community Play Rangers have begun successful engagement through schools where children are able to access the outdoor environment and try a range of activities with the Community Play Rangers. Southdown Infants, Southdown Juniors, Combe Down Primary School, WASPS, Twerton Infants, St Michael's, Newbridge Primary, St Philip's, Moorlands and St John's have all taken up the opportunity so far with children from 5 to 11 years gaining huge amounts of confidence and teachers able to build on the learning potential of outdoor play.
If your school in Bath would like to discuss this further, please contact the Community Play Ranger Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 07590 851544
Bath Area Play Project has begun successful engagement through schools where children are able to access the outdoor environment and try a range of activities with the Community Play Rangers, in a nurture group setting.
A nurture group is a small, discreet group which is emotionally secure. It provides a safe and predictable structured environment, giving children opportunities to revisit early missed ‘nurturing’ experiences whilst modelling positive relationships. There is an emphasis on the development of language and communication skills and a focus on social, emotional and challenging behaviour.
The aim of a nurture group is to build trusting relationships with reliable and consistent adults and with their peer group, which then establishes a foundation for healthy emotional development, enhancing self-confidence and the ability to take responsibility for their own behaviour, which increases chances of educational success. To date, Southdown Infants, Southdown Juniors, Combe Down Primary School, WASPS, Twerton Infants, St Michaels, Newbridge Primary, St Philips, Moorlands and St Johns have all taken up the opportunity to take part in this programme, with children from 5 to 11 years taking part in small groups.