Active Journeys

Play is an essential part of every child’s life, and children at school and in early years settings need time and space to play. Children should have the opportunity to play before school, during break times and after school hours. Playtime support including training and awareness-raising for school staff and parents is vital, as well[…]

Play England’s submission to Draft London Plan Consultation

Submission to London Plan Consultation: Policy S4: inclusion of adventure playgrounds in new developments Play England welcomes the Mayor of London’s Draft London Plan, particularly Policy S4 on Play and Informal Recreation which calls on London Boroughs to: undertake audits of existing play and informal recreation provision and opportunities, and assessments of need, considering the[…]

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[…]