Leeds and Yorkshire

Ana Ardelean


Ana delivers the OPAL Programme in and around Leeds, Yorkshire and Manchester.

Ana has worked as a playworker, children’s service manager and trainer, current lecturer in Childhood Development and Playwork and play consultant.

Ana’s background is in playwork and front line work with children. She has 15 years of experience working in many different play settings in various countries; nurseries, schools, after school and holiday clubs, playschemes and special needs support services, refugee camps and more. She then moved on to play service management and development, playwork training and consultancy.

At the moment she is researching play in refugee children and supporting schools across Yorkshire to improve the quality of children’s play. Ana also sits on the trustee board as a treasurer of the International Play Association (England branch).

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