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

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Project Wild Thing launches today!

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

Shire kids go Scything

What an amazing weekend the kids and staff from Shiremoor Adventure Playground have had in the Yorkshire Dales. They completed their John Muir Discovery Award in the most extraordinary way and discovered a really wild spot at Muck Hole near Robin Hoods Bay. On a 17 acre site, in the middle of nowhere, live two … Continue reading

Why would you want to let your child play out in the street?

Originally posted on Rethinking Childhood:
Even a generation ago, most parents would have greeted this question with blank faces. Playing out was just what kids did – why would you need a reason? Of course, things are different today – for all sorts of reasons. In almost all neighbourhoods, parents need to take a stand,…

Volunteering Play Power!

This summer Play Gloucestershire (a local children’s charity specialising in outdoor play) have brought the national Love Outdoor Play campaign to all corners of Gloucestershire. As part of the ‘Get Involved in Play’ programme and a member of the Free Time Consortium, our summer campaign has focused on delivering the campaign message through volunteering and … Continue reading

Why do children need play?

Take 3 minutes today and listen to the wisdom of Bob Hughes, a very well known thinker and author of books about play and playwork on the evolutionary necessity of play, especially play outdoors, for children. “Fundamental building blocks for humanness and humanity….requires children have diverse experiences that are hands on…” “it’s the flexibility you … 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

I’m a Love Outdoor Play hero because…

I’m a Love Outdoor Play hero because I help children and young people reconnect with the natural environment through nature play. Here’s my story. We were around the open fire pit at Somerford Grove Adventure Playground, and were in need of wood to stoke the flames! We broke a few pieces of rotten wood that … 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