I used to ride down that?! How freedom to play made me the person I am today

Guest post – Jim Rogers, father of Ashley Rogers, Development Officer at Play England Now in my middle years – my childhood seems a little sketchy to say the least. My over-riding memory of that time was that it was happy, full of fun and although I’m sure I was, that I was seldom bored. I was … Continue reading

Do your children spend enough time playing outdoors? Click here to tell the Guardian!

So do you think your kids get outside to play enough? Do  children at your local school or in your community? Is it the same or different to when your were young? And if so why? This half term the Guardian is asking “Do your Children enough time playing outdoors?“, and will print the thoughts … Continue reading


How much parenting is enough? How much too much? An article in today’s Telegraph by free lance journalist Glenda Cooper reports on a movement calling for ‘underparenting’ to become the norm and for children to be allowed to play outdoors far more for their own good… While child-centred parenting has been the norm for the … Continue reading

How can we increase freedom to play?

Only one in three children are allowed out to the shops or to walk to school alone, according to a Newsround survey of over 1000 six to twelve year olds out a couple of weeks ago. One in four never go out without an adult. Michael Murpurgo, the children’s author, is filmed on the Newsround site talking … Continue reading