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Children’s Right to Play: Position Statement by the British Psychological Society

Play England warmly welcomes the Children’s right to play Position Statement published by the British Psychological Society. The British Psychological Society’s Division of Educational and Child Psychology states that: Child-led play is a critical enabler of children’s holistic development and wellbeing. Educational psychologists have a key role in championing opportunities for child-led play for all …


Working together for children and play

Play England trustees Laura Walsh, Libby Truscott and Nicola Butler were delighted to join delegates at the International Play Association England’s Halfway to Jaipur conference in London on 10 and 11 May 2019. Here’s a selection of the discussions and debates. Trial and error without fear of failure Opening the conference, author and poet Michael …


Advocating for Play in the London Plan

Play England Chair of Trustees Nicola Butler was amongst those giving evidence at Examinations in Public on the London Plan on Friday 3 May, along with London Assembly Member and Deputy Chair of London’s Planning Committee Nicky Gavron, Marion Briggs, Joanna Chambers, Tim Gill and Adrian Voce. Play England called for a Play Sufficiency requirement …


Mark Gladwin’s work recognised at National Playwork Awards

Mark Gladwin, who died last year, has been awarded the Paul Bonel Memorial Award at the National Playwork Conference, in recognition of his unique contribution to the play and playwork sector. Mark worked and volunteered in play development and support for over 30 years, supporting play in York, Bradford, Yorkshire Play, PLAYLINK and Play England. …