Helping Hackney open its streets for play

Guest post by Claudia Draper Though I helped organise it, I have to admit our last street party over the Jubilee weekend was a bit of a wash out. In the face of remorseless torrential rain, much of our street committee’s carefully planned programme – including tug of war, giant street feast, and open mic … Continue reading

Reclaim the street!

Want to know what it feels like to let your six-year-old start playing out on the street in front of where you live? No-one teaches you how to make hard decisions as a parent. You seem to spend your life treading the line between protecting and liberating – letting them go whilst keeping them close…. … Continue reading

Keep it simple – play in the street

Following the BBC piece on playing out on the streets in Bristol and Hackney there has been huge interest from parents, communities and those that are in charge of roads. Over the next few days I’ll be posting about some of the ways children can play outside their own homes, without being chaperoned at all … Continue reading

Play on the Street!

Did you see BBC Breakfast this morning? Today (at 6:52, repeated about hourly) Susannah and John Maguire are asking whether our kids play out in the streets, or if you wish they did? Did you? Illustrating the piece are shots of the ground breaking Bristol’s Playing Out Project, where streets can close regularly after school. … Continue reading