"Children need to organize and direct their own play. But the reality is that few of today’s children are allowed out to play freely, as earlier generations were. Many have little experience with play and don’t know how to get started when given a chance. In recent surveys parents say they want their children to play freely, but with some adult support. Playworkers fill this need. They create playful environments, support children’s own play, assess risk, and help out when needed, without directing or controlling. They strive to be as invisible as possible."