Outstanding Play in an Outstanding School – A Beacon Rising

Michael Follett OPAL CIC If you wanted to describe an outstanding place to play would you think of primary schools? Clearly OFSTED thought so when they mentioned the outstanding quality of play at a South Gloucestershire School and the way it supported learning behaviours as one of the contributions to their ‘outstanding’ judgement. To follow … Continue reading

Inspiring Volunteering in Southwark

Guest post – Ashley Rogers, Senior Development Officer, Play England. Back in 2011, I worked with Southwark Council to help them develop their policies, strategy and practice around volunteering on their 15 Adventure Playgrounds (with a specific focus on the four run by the Voluntary and Community Sector). The cuts were hitting home across the … Continue reading

Love Outdoor Play in action!

Giving a little of our time and skills to further a cause we believe in is one way we can get involved and make a change. In the past, showing our support for a campaign or volunteering often meant committing a significant amount of our time, but the digital revolution has helped diversify opportunities and … Continue reading

Guest post by Alexis Bonari: Geocaching for Outdoor Play

Alexis Bonari is a freelance writer and researcher for College Scholarships, where recently she’s been researching health management scholarships as well as health science scholarships. Whenever she gets some free time, she enjoys watching a funny movie or curling up with a good book. Here she describes to us how to use a GPS to … Continue reading

Catherine Graham: 10 Ways to Make Outdoor Play Happen

Many thanks to Catherine Graham for this guest post. Catherine is an expert in making sure that family adventures are positive experiences and runs Adventure Togs which sells outdoor gear for Active Families, Schools and Groups. 10 Ways to Make Outdoor Play Happen Create a nature trail. Print off a sheet of clues and a … Continue reading

Tim Meek: Outdoor play, use of the garden

Tim Meek has a mind that is full of ideas for playing outdoors. On his website he lists and describes projects and adventures he has been on with his kids which is well worth visiting to pick up ideas. Here Tim describes ideas for making better use of gardens for outdoor play.  Garden time … Continue reading

Making outdoor play happen: Sara Jones

Sara is a mum, allotment gardener and runs Eco-Kids  which provides creative classes for kids on how to look after the environment. Even their website is going to be run on 100% renewable energy soon. Here Sara describes some inspirational work she has done in her local allotments with kids. Eco-Kids Allotment Garden When I first … Continue reading

Nicola Baird: I love outdoor play because..

Nicola Baird is a writer, environmentalist and supporter of Love Outdoor Play.   Brimming with “thrifty, creative and eco-friendly ways to raise happy children”, here Nicola shares why she loves outdoor play along with a beautiful example. “This doesn’t feel like outdoor play” “I love getting muddy” says Orla admiring her now-sodden jeans. Beside her … Continue reading

Kierna Corr: We love outdoor play because…

Kierna Corr works with 26 children in her nursery class in Northern Ireland. Here she describes how outdoor play has helped her class The only class in the lovely fluffy snow We (me the nursery teacher and an assistant) moved into a brand new purpose built nursery class in 2006 after having been in a … Continue reading

Write a guest post on outdoor play..

We are looking for supporters to write guest posts on outdoor play, here on Love Outdoor Play. Posts can be on one of a number of themes including: I love outdoor play because.. (a personal reflection) We love outdoor play because.. (an organisation’s point of view) Making outdoor play happen (ideas, tips, this campaign and … Continue reading