Can you spread the Love Outdoor Play message this Valentine’s Day?
And because you love outdoor play, do you think you could spread that love on Valentine’s day?
How about sending a Valentine’s card to your local MP or Councillor?
Local Authorities, accountable to our MPs and Councillors, make decisions that affect every aspect of our neighbourhoods, our schools and children’s centres and the parks, woods and green spaces near us. Town and parish councillors often have direct influence on play spaces.
The decisions they make shape the spaces and places children have to play, as well as the availability of after school clubs (and whether they are staffed by play workers), of holiday play schemes and adventure playgrounds. They decide if it is free to close a street for play or if you have to pay. They will have influence over local schools, and for instance could recommend longer lunch breaks or play training for lunch time supervisors.
But do they even realise how important freedom to play outside is to you, to your family and to your local community?
So how about telling them what’s most important to you, about what you would like to see and encouraging them to show that they Love Outdoor Play too?
This could be as simple as:
- Asking them to email us to add their name to our list of supporters
- Displaying the Love Outdoor Play symbol
- Committing to consider children and young people’s need for freedom to play when they are looking at planning, transport, education, public health and parks
- Keep up to date with the latest campaign news by signing up to:
You could use this Love Outdoor Play Valentine’s Card and sample letter to tell them why they should support the campaign and children’s play, or make up your own. The more personal the better, but just do what you have time for.
If you’re a parent or work with children and young people, how about getting them to make a card? The more the merrier! And for schools and nurseries that can count towards your ‘civic engagement’ commitments as well as literacy…
If you want more evidence to back up why we all need to love outdoor play you could send your MP or councilor a present of the World Without Play literature review (published by Play England & BTHA) – packed with research from every angle about why play is valuable.
And do send a copy or photo to us, so we can share the love with each other – and let us know the responses.