Shiremoor leads the way on quality in play

Shiremoor Adventure Playground is the latest play organisation to be accredited with Quality in Play (QiP), Play England’s quality assurance system for playwork practitioners. Shiremoor, in Newcastle upon Tyne, is a former mining area with high levels of deprivation. The adventure playground opened in 2010 as part of the Play Pathfinder Programme on a previously[…]

Demonstrating health and wellbeing benefits is vital for local play organisations

  At a time when staffed play provision is being forced to close due to funding cuts, helping show the myriad benefits of outdoor play is vital. Research and evaluation projects that demonstrate these benefits can help local play organisations, including adventure playgrounds, secure funding. Play England’s recent ‘Street Play’ evaluation – that provides evidence[…]

New research shows playing out gets children active

Press release New research published by Play England shows that playing out increases children’s physical activity. At a time of continuing concerns about childhood obesity, the research shows how playing out helps children meet daily targets of physical activity. The reports evaluate the three-year Street Play project, funded by the Department of Health, and delivered[…]

Adventure into Sport helps children and families get active

  Play England is delighted to announce our new project, #AdventureintoSport which launches on Monday 26 June. At the moment, too many children are leading inactive lives with increasing numbers either overweight or obese.  Many are growing up in over-crowded housing without access to quality play and sports opportunities outside school. Adventure into Sport offers[…]

Playwork qualifications – July UPDATE

Following calls by Play England for playworkers to lobby qualification awarding bodies to extend registration of Playwork Diplomas CACHE and City & Guilds have reviewed their stance and extended the registration for some of the qualifications for another year. Thank you to all those play workers and play organisations who took the time to write expressing their[…]

Remembering Stuart Lester

Play England’s staff and trustees are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague Dr Stuart Lester. Stuart was a huge inspiration and support to all of us in the play sector in England and internationally, delivering many workshops, talks and lectures.  Play England was honoured to publish his work co-authored with Wendy[…]