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.
Part of the Play Rangers ‘Practical tips’ series from Play England and Playwork Partnerships, compiled by Dan Rees-Jones, a practicising play ranger.
An independent evaluation of the innovative Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) programme, designed to enhance play opportunities for children within 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.
This briefing summarises findings from the Play and Exercise in Early Years research project.
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 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 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.
This briefing summarises aspects, relevant to the play sector, of the guidance on developing school grounds, which is part of the government’s school building and redevelopment programme.
Free play in early childhood highlights concerns over recent policies that structure young children’s lives in pursuit of targets and testing.