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Exploring Nature Play: Waterville Primary School

This case study was produced as part of Play England’s Exploring Nature Play project, which worked across three adventure playgrounds in London, North Tyneside and Torbay, as well as with schools and environmental organisations, to explore different ways of increasing children’s understanding of nature through play.

St John The Baptist Church of England School

DATE: June 2009 At St John The Baptist Church of England School in Hoxton, play is a fundamental part of the school’s curriculum. The head teacher believes that introducing innovative play ideas in their school has had a great impact on the quality of children’s education and their enjoyment in school.

Play in schools

Play England produced a short film that explores how high-quality play facilities in primary schools can help to improve children’s academic performance and enjoyment of school.

Farley Nursery School

Farley Nursery School offers a unique approach to early childhood learning, where children are encouraged to spend their time playing outdoors in natural settings in Salisbury.

Chelsea Open Air Nursery School and Children’s Centre

Chelsea Open Air Nursery School and Children’s Centre provides early childhood provision with free play and structured activities. The providers view risk and challenge as a strong ethic for children’s learning and play, and this is reflected how the provision is run.

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Free play in early childhood

Free play in early childhood highlights concerns over recent policies that structure young children’s lives in pursuit of targets and testing.