Who are we?
We are a non-profit organisation representing the play sector and working as an advocate for children’s play.
BPCN was set up initially to support the play care sector. This is setting that operate out side of school hours usually for children aged 4 – 14 whose parents/carers require childcare outside of school hours. Our services cover all areas of the West Midlands from more affluent to those experiencing severe deprivation.
The vision of BPCN is to enhance the development and education of children; voice the concerns of the play sector; share information; facilitate contact; offer support and share best practice in child-centred play. BPCN also supports the reuse agenda through the development of the Scrapstore Facility.
Birmingham PlayCare Network aims to support and promote high quality child centred play through the following core values:
We will promote the importance of quality play environments for children and young people this will be done by using independent QA schemes as well as prioritising work force development.
We are committed to raising the profile of play, the play sector and play workers. We will be held accountable for this commitment through the principles of our work which will be guided by the Play Work Principles.
We work in partnership with the play sector; other agencies; groups and organisations to support the development and sustainability of quality play environments for children.
We recognise and respect the value of all children young people and adults we shall be guided by models of good practice as well as considering the UN Convention for the rights of the child to create environments that foster dialogue, mutual respect and trust.
We will campaign and promote play. We will actively seek out good play practice and innovation in play.
The staff team of 10 all hold relevant qualifications and hold enhanced CRB checks. During our PiPs programme, staffing levels increase to a maximum of around 30. Again, our commitment to safe guarding children is extended to our PiPs staff, who also hold an enhanced CRB check before they work in the parks.
BPCN has a board of director’s current standing at 3 members; some of whom are founding members of BPCN.
Yvette Oruye – Chair and founder member
Sarah Wood – Vice Chair and founder member
Jesse Gerald – Director
For more information please contact Emma Payne, Business Development Manager, Emma@bpcn.org.uk.