The term play work is often associated with play workers. We see play work as an activity that uses play to engage children safely when their parents or carers cannot be present to look after them and/or to help them to learn. The objectives of play work are not therapeutic, although some therapeutic benefit may occur as a secondary effect. The role of the provider is one of care and support. Play workers do not normally receive or need clinical supervision.
When a child attends nursery or school, for example activities are set up that promote and use play, but also have a purpose for learning. It is often used to help the educational process.
Games that have rules can also be thought of as play work as usually there is someone present to teach the rules or ensure they are followed.