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  • Child-friendly cities benefit us all


    Sam Williams is a landscape architect at Arup, currently leading a research project into how and why we should be designing child-friendly cities. Due out in July, it will aim to empower everyone influencing and engaging with the ...

  • Keeping children indoors is not the solution to pollution!


    The response to the recent air pollution alerts in London alarmed many of us who champion children’s right to play in the UK, writes Marguerite Hunter-Blair, Chief Executive of Play Scotland.  Here she looks at the impact of environmental pollution ...

  • Statement on withdrawal of playwork qualifications

    Play England has learned that the CACHE  Level 2 Award and Certificate in Playwork and the Level 3 Award in Playwork have been closed to new registrations, as have the CACHE level 4 Award and Certificate in Playwork.  Registration for a City and Guilds level 2 Diploma in Playwork was closed on 31st December 2016, ...

  • Play best way for children to get active

    By Nicola Butler, Chair of Trustees 

    Play is vital for children’s health and wellbeing. It is particularly important for disadvantaged and disabled children, who often face greater barriers to access appropriate and good quality play opportunities.

    Play England is delighted to be part of #GetOutGetActive, an exciting new programme that supports disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy ...

  • Four Nations Play Symposium 2016


    On 10 March 2016, the Office of the First and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland hosted the fifth biennial Four Nations Play Symposium with the support of PlayBoard NI at Cultra Manor, Belfast in Northern Ireland.

    The aim of the Four Nations Play Symposium is to provide an opportunity ...

  • Play holds key to inclusion

    Play is the best way to offer inclusion, says Karen Kewell, co-founder of #ToyLikeMe, an organisation that was set up to call the global toy industry to  account on its failure to represent the 150 million disabled children in its toys.  This year,  Lego launched its first ever wheelchair-using ...

  • Thousands of children play out for #Playday2016

    On Wednesday, thousands of children and young people from across the United Kingdom will be out playing, celebrating Playday – the national day for play.

    Hundreds of local and regional play events are taking place to promote the importance of children’s right to play.

    This year’s Playday theme ‘Play Matters…’ celebrates the many benefits of playing out ...

  • UN committee says British government is failing children

    The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has issued its ‘concluding observations’ on the UK’s progress to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

    The report states it is ‘seriously concerned at the effects that recent fiscal policies and allocation of resources have ...

  • Diversity in Play

    By Jade Newton-Gardener

    Young people playing at the Evergreen Adventure Playground in Dalston, London to mark Playday 2006. Media contact : Lisa Mangan Forster Company 020 7403 2230 Photographer : Howard.Davies 01273 208741

    Having worked in the Play and Youth Work profession for over 16 years in a variety of ...

  • Thinking creatively, working collaboratively

    This was also the prevailing mood at Play England’s Annual General Meeting, which took place in February. With a good turnout from members, we had a wide-ranging debate on our annual report and strategic direction. Particular thanks go to Wendy Russell for facilitating the Conversation about Play England and Phil Doyle for his presentation on ...