The professional education component of play:groundNYC’s programming is designed to disseminate the knowledge and tools to support the many ways that children play. By targeting educators and professionals who operate in fields with tremendous influence on children's lives, we hope to leverage our resources for the broadest impact. play:groundNYC provides examples of playwork, both theoretical and experiential, to increase the integration of self-directed play into school curricula and environment. Learn more about our playwork here.


Playworker training

New playworkers undergo an immersive days long training with our head playworker, covering the theory and practice of playwork, with the opportunity to work on site at The Yard or at citywide pop-ups. Returning staff have the opportunity to deepen and develop their skills via annual professional playwork development courses and at national conferences. Our playworker training weekends are held in New York City each spring.

If you are interested in attending a playworker training weekend or want to know more about becoming a playworker, please submit an inquiry below.


We have delivered professional development programs for many groups and individuals, including: The NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Montclair Kimberley Academy and Stuyvesant Heights Montessori.

Our playworkers can also work within a school environment by hosting a pop-up for students. In this scenario, educators learn through our recommended reading and discussion topics and are then guided in observation and collaboration as playworkers work with the children.

Throughout our extended season we offer workshops at The Yard to learn about playwork. Educators then take their learning and play at The Yard themselves, reconnecting with theories of play, collaboration and risk in an embodied manner.