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…

Conversations with Neighbours

CONVERSATIONS WITH NEIGHBOURS Originally posted by Naomi on the Playing Out website I have lived in my street for nine years – a terraced Bristol street of 30 houses – and now know nearly everyone who lives there. There are some people I just say hello to but lots I stop and have a chat with, and … Continue reading

Market Forces

In a famous speech on the campaign trail for the US Presidential nomination in 1968 Bobby Kennedy said, ‘too much and for too long, we seem to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things…yet the gross domestic product [the official measure of such things] does not allow for … Continue reading

Greater expectations are needed for outdoor play

At the end of August, the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) launched Greater Expectations – a new report   showing that children, especially those growing up in poverty, are getting a worse deal now than just two generations ago. There are 1 million more children growing up in poverty than there were in 1971. And those who are … Continue reading

Playing Out in Birmingham on National Playday

A guest post by Richard Browne. Birmingham held its first Playing Out sessions on Wednesday 7 August to coincide with this year’s National Playday theme of Playful places. Three roads in the Kings Heath area of the city were temporarily closed to traffic from noon to 4 pm to allow local children to play out … Continue reading

Helping kids to play out in Hackney

A guest post by Claudia Draper. As a child of the 1970s, playing out in our quiet cul de sac in leafy Buckinghamshire was just a part of daily life – and for all the other kids on the street too. I remember endless football games (with me stuck in goal), cricket, British Bull Dog … Continue reading

Pond life

Growing up is not just about what you learn from your parents, it is about what they learn from you.  You know this when you see the world through the eyes of your own children but your parent’s childhood is in the past, told in stories and faded photographs. They were never really children. I … Continue reading

Everyone has a skill or life experience that can be shared with others

This week’s blog posts are brought to you by volunteers who are supporting local play projects involved in the Free Time Consortium’s ‘Get Involved in Play’ programme funded by the Cabinet Office’s Social Action Fund. We want to celebrate the amazing work done by the volunteers – children, parents and grandparents – who Love Outdoor … Continue reading

Volunteering can make a World of Difference

This week’s blog posts are brought to you by volunteers who are supporting local play projects involved in the Free Time Consortium’s ‘Get Involved in Play’ programme funded by the Cabinet Office’s Social Action Fund. We want to celebrate the amazing work done by the volunteers – children, parents and grandparents – who Love Outdoor … Continue reading

What I have wanted to do all my life

This week’s blog posts are brought to you by volunteers who are supporting local play projects involved in the Free Time Consortium’s ‘Get Involved in Play’ programme funded by the Cabinet Office’s Social Action Fund. We want to celebrate the amazing work done by the volunteers – children, parents and grandparents – who Love Outdoor … Continue reading