- To always be mobile and able to respond to needs quickly
- We believe that every child has the right to play and we’re committed to promoting the importance of play in everything we do.
- To offer a range of positive activities for children aged 5-15yrs and their families.
- To deliver a wide range of free, positive activities to vulnerable children living in socially or economically disadvantaged communities.
- To work across the South Gloucestershire and Bristol areas.
- To be able to respond sympathetically and appropriately to the needs of the diverse community we live in.
- Playbus activities are designed to promote healthy activity, community cohesion, short breaks and learning through play.
- To support children from Gypsy and Traveller communities in accessing main stream services
- To be free, inclusive and open to all.
- To encourage health and well being through sports sessions and healthy eating programmes
- To use art mediums to encourage creative expression
- To deliver services using trained and dedicated Play and Inclusive playworkers workers
- To offer a range of stay and play opportunities to encourage positive play and interaction between children and their parents.
- To offer sessions to ensure a smooth transition to high school
- To use Playranger sessions to encourage children to engage with their parks and green spaces.
- To offer a range of exciting, challenging and risky play opportunities to engage children of all backgrounds and abilities.
- To offer a range of activities which encourage children to learn and explore their natural environment
- To offer inclusive play opportunities for disabled children offering equality of access to age-appropriate activities in their local community.
- To use a range of ways to gather evaluation and consultation from the communities we work in the ensure our services continue to remain relevant
- To work in partnership with other community workers and organisations to come up with solutions to tackle issues together .
‘Every Child Matters’ & Every Disabled Child Matters’
We support the ‘Every Disabled Child Matters’ (EDCM) campaign, we believe that disabled children and their families have the right to the services and support they need to lead ordinary lives.
How we are meeting the “Every Child Matters” Outcomes
Enjoying and achieving
- Playbus offers a range of play activities designed to meet the needs of the children.
- Feedback from the children informs planning to ensure that activities are relevant to their interests.
- Activities include learning about healthy eating and cooking, environmental activities and arts and crafts..
- The outcomes star is used to measure distance traveled on soft skills such as ‘making new friends’, ‘learning new skills’ and ‘appropriate behaviour’
- An adapted version of these goals is used in our short breaks setting with disabled children.
- Playbus ensures that all of its staff have up to date checks from the Disclosure & Barring service.
- All the staff are trained in safeguarding, child protection and Paediatric First Aid.
- Playbus offers healthy living sessions, designed to increase the emotional health and well being of the children and their parents or carers.
- We have produced several cookbooks with the families we work with, designed to promote healthy eating.
- sports sessions together with a sports coach teaching basketball, rugby and football these have been extremely popular with the children.
- The Playranger team encourages all year round outdoor activity, promoting healthy lifestyle choices.
Making a positive contribution
- Bristol Playbus encourages the older children to act as volunteers or ‘mini -rangers’.
- Bristol Playbus has been involved in community arts projects including mosaics and murals that encourage cohesion, intergenerational working and the children to take pride in their community by making a lasting contribution.
- One of the outcomes that we measure children against is ‘making a positive contribution’; this incorporates a wide variety of skills involved with being a decent citizen such as recycling, fostering healthy relationships and engaging with positive activities are all skills that score highly and are actively promoted.
- Bristol Playbus services are free to children and families ensuring that ALL children have the opportunity to learn through play regardless of their economic status.
- Our work is targeted at children and families who are disadvantaged either physically, mentally, socially, culturally or economically.
A unique child
- The short breaks service complete a play plan with all regular attendee’s to ensure that the children’s individual needs are met.
- Children’s interests and requests inform all of our session planning and their scoring of sessions is considered in our daily evaluation.
- Positive relationships are one of the outcomes against which children are measured .
- Our ‘Stay and Play’ sessions are designed to promote positive parent/child interaction.
- We carry out projects that use inter-generational working to improve cohesion. An example of this is ‘Traveller journey’s’ (funded by the Heritage lottery) we worked across the different Traveller communities around Bristol and South Glos. Oral story telling and traditional music and dancing was used as a medium to bring together the different age groups and communities involved. The project and the accompanying celebration event were a resounding success.
- The inclusive play team work in partnership with the Adventure Playgrounds to ensure that they can offer disabled children the opportunities to make progress in their play and to develop new skills through a process of their own problem solving.
- Our Playranger sessions enable children to make their own choices, test their own limits and to continue to push their own boundaries
- ‘Learning new skills’ is one of the outcomes that we measure children against.
- All our teams work with the ethos of learning through play, equipping children with skills that can be transferred to other areas of their lives.
Learning and development
- Learning through play a theme that runs through all of our work
- Our Playranger sessions encourage healthy development through running, jumping, climbing , swinging and healthy self-expression through play