Out of sight, out of mind

Recent surveys have shown children’s independent mobility has declined and that opportunities to play are much more restricted than they were in previous generations. But this doesn’t tell the whole story. For most children there is a higher level of adult surveillance than we would have been used to when we were younger but many … Continue reading

Guest post by Judy Ling Wong CBE Engaging with animals is a fundamental experience that is missing for too many of today’s children. So we, the members of the Sowing the Seeds Steering Group, took the Lynk Up Crew, aged from 4 to 18 to London’s Mudchute City Farm.  The Sowing the Seeds report indicated how … Continue reading

How natural play helped shaped my life

Guest post – Paul Toyne (London Sustainable Development Commissioner and Group Head of Sustainability at WSP Group) Supporters of outdoor play are invariably those who have had the benefit of such experiences themselves. I am no different, and here I want to add my support to the campaign Love Outdoor Play by telling you my … Continue reading

Radio Playday

What a fantastic Playday! Around 500 events took place across the UK on 1 August to celebrate 25 years of Playday. We hope that you made time to play too. The theme for this year’s campaign was ‘Get out and play’. If you didn’t get the chance to catch any of the numerous radio interviews on 1 August … Continue reading

It’s Playday!! Get Out and Play!

This year for the 25th Playday Play England, Play Scotland, Playboard NI and Play Wales asked parents across the UK to identify what, if anything, stops their children playing outdoors? Almost half (49%) said fear of strangers, only slightly less (46%) said traffic, and almost one third said fear of accidents and injury. Mike Greenaway, … Continue reading

Get ready for Playday 2012!

As the country braces itself for London 2012, hundreds of communities are also getting ready for the biggest event in the play calendar! Playday 2012 will be celebrated across the UK on Wednesday 1 August and throughout the summer, with an expected 500 events taking place to celebrate children’s right to play. Join in the fun … Continue reading

It’s time to act

We know that outdoor play is good for children. We also know that outdoor play is being eroded. The reasons for this erosion are complex and vary from family to family and street to street. One thing that is certain is that many communities have very real concerns about the safety and wellbeing of their … Continue reading