APE (Adventurous Play Experience)
Aim: To enable children to explore their own potential and that of recycled materials and the environment, through adventurous play with recycled items of various shapes, sizes and materials.
Adventurous Play Experience (APE) is a play project operating in the Bradford District using recycled and reused scrap resources for play.
We play with scrap materials which have been reclaimed from the local environment (streets, skips, tips and businesses) and are put together in play packs and boxes
The benefit of recycled and re-used scrap resources is that children can be allowed the freedom to play and explore the resources in their own way as they provide such a variety of opportunities.
The resources provide for endless creative opportunities in play and exploration, they help children develop and use their imagination, play with each other and develop motor skills.
The resources are suitable for any setting (schools, children’s centres, nurseries, community centres, out of school clubs, youth centres and holiday schemes) as they provide an excellent addition to existing resources or as extra resources for new play activities.
We will come to your setting to run a play session using our resources. We provide everything that will be needed and all the setting needs to provide is the children, a space and staff to support.
Children are encouraged to play with the resources however the want to and have complete freedom to play.
Sessions can be tailored to meet your needs; this can be discussed when making the booking.
We have a range of packs and boxes made up of scrap resources available to loan to use at your setting yourself.The resources are suitable for any setting (schools, children’s centres, nurseries, community centres, out of school clubs, youth centres and holiday schemes) as they provide an excellent addition to existing resources or as extra resources for new play activities.
We can also provide informal training to setting staff should they want to learn more about scrap loose parts play and take it forward in their setting.
The training workshops will cover; play theory, scrap play ideas, health and safety, risk assessment and where to source scrap materials.
All services are offered free of charge!
But a donation to help cover our costs is appreciated to help us continue our work. Please follow the link for more information about donations for the project.
Further information about these services are available on the individual pages.
For more information and to make bookings please contact our office and ask for Claire or Chris
Email us directly at claire"at"bcep.org.uk or chris"at"bcep.org.uk.
Scrap Magic (Craft and Scrap Store)
The sister project to APE is a craft and scrap store, called Scrap Magic. Scrap Magic is a provision for people working with children and on art projects to access a range of cheap materials for arts, crafts and play. More information about the store is available on the Scrap Magic page.
Early Years and Child Care Commission