Shire kids start John Muir Award up Scafell

As dawn broke over North Tyneside on Sunday 2 June, 16 sleepy young people, volunteers and staff set out from Shiremoor Adventure Playground on an adventure to climb the highest peak in England and start their John Muir Discovery Award. They had been building up to this day over the previous few months after completing climbs … 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 do we make sure every child gets the chance to be a bit ‘really wild’?

Yesterday I sat in a room with over one hundred mums and dads, grandparents and aunties. They were mostly in the suited guise of chief execs, directors and staff from charities and campaigning organisations, with a few public and private sector representatives. We were gathered for the Natural Childhood summit*, to debate how we can … Continue reading

Getting kids into nature starts at home, inquiry finds

Nature walking

Play England is delighted to be part of National Trust’s Natural Childhood movement, standing alongside other organisations that Love Outdoor Play! Visit our Take Action pages to find out how you can take action today to make sure more children can play out more often, and join in the conversation on Twitter using #naturalchildhood

Great projects to get kids outdoors

Great to see the Exploring Nature Play project highlighted on National Trust’s Outdoor Nation blog this week. As part of the project, activitiy ideas and case studies to help reconnect children with nature will be published on our website soon – keep a lookout at http://www.playengland.org.uk/natureplay.

Launching the Nature App

Would you hand your phone to a stranger asking you to get outside more?? Project Wild Thing! Find out more and share ideas on how to re-wild our children at: http://www.projectwildthing.com/   https://twitter.com/wearewildthing

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