Save Skrammellegepladsen i Emdrup

Skrammellegeplasden in Emdrup has been described as the birthplace of ‘modern’ playwork. The junk playground has served as a beacon and inspiration for playworkers all over the world but is now under threat from similar financial constraints that have closed several much-loved adventure playgrounds in this country like Stonebridge and Battersea. Changes by the local … Continue reading

Bold move to kickstart an outdoor play renaissance in Canada

Originally posted on Rethinking Childhood:
Last week the Lawson Foundation, a Canadian family foundation, launched an ambitious outdoor play strategy with the announcement of $2.7 million (£1.3 million; $US 1.9 million) in funding for 14 projects. The strategy has an explicit and exclusive focus on unstructured outdoor play. Tackling risk aversion is a prominent theme, building on…

Film screening – Jonathan Dimbleby chairs a heated debate

Guest blog, by Laura Hetherington Growing up in a small working-class village community in rural Derbyshire I took for granted the immense adventure playground on my doorstep: the woods I roamed with my sister, the fields in which we picked armfuls of buttercups and looked for toads, the hedges we made our dens, the stream … Continue reading

This week is Love Outdoor Play Week!

Outdoor Play Week is a campaign being led by Re:Play and is now in its fifth year.  It is all about celebrating the play opportunities on offer in the fantastic green spaces across the South East.  It is an annual celebration with events organised all over the region to help children and young people get … Continue reading

Building the case for play: help me fill the gaps

Originally posted on Rethinking Childhood:
First, I would like to thank everyone who has responded so far to my appeal last month for evidence to build the policy case for play. The material I have received has almost without exception fitted my brief. But there are gaps, so I am putting out one last call…

Help build the policy case for play

Originally posted on Rethinking Childhood:
Playday, Bristol City Council This post asks for your help in building the case for play. I am writing a report – aimed at Government – that gathers together evidence for the difference that play facilities and initiatives can make to children, families and communities. And I need your help…

Is snow the ultimate plaything?

Originally posted on Rethinking Childhood:
Over sixty years ago the architect Aldo van Eyck, who weaved outdoor play into the fabric of war-torn Amsterdam, was inspired by seeing how, after a snowfall, children came out of their homes and claimed the city’s spaces for themselves. Even today nothing gets children of all ages out of…

New Anti- Social Behaviour Bill to criminalise children playing outdoors

Play England and partners, alongside the wider children’s sector, are deeply concerned by changes to the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill. The government is changing the law and replacing ASBOs with Injunctions To Prevent Nuisance and Annoyance (IPNAs). While ASBOs targeted behaviour considered to ‘cause harassment, alarm or distress,’ IPNAs will target conduct ‘capable … Continue reading

A night with the stars

A guest post by Sue Palmer. It’s not often I get invited to introduce a film premiere – in fact, it’s never happened to me before, so I felt very honoured.  Granted this premiere was to take place in a field in late October, but it did sound like the perfect venue for Project Wild … Continue reading

Project Wild Thing launches today!

Project Wildthing film title

A major new feature length documentary film Project Wild Thing has been launched today and will be showing at Picturehouse and independent cinemas across the country. This inspirational film, directed by and starring David Bond (Erasing David) and produced by Ashley Jones (Green Lions), takes a witty, touching and frank look at the complex issue of why … Continue reading