Latest Government Guidance on Playgrounds

Play England welcomes the announcement by Boris Johnson that playgrounds can begin to reopen from 4 July. Government guidance for playground operators can be found at: For further ideas and inspiration on how to support children’s play, see: Play After Lockdown Webinar Play After Lockdown Briefing

Play After Lockdown

A Play England Briefing, 15 June 2020 Play England has published a guide for professionals and parents to enable them to prioritise children’s play as lockdown eases.  With an introduction by Bob Hughes, this is a practical guide to supporting children’s play, helping to address issues including child well-being, risk benefit assessment and leadership. Children[…]

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[…]

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.[…]

Play builds children

Play Builds Children: A Statement from the Children’s Play Policy Forum The Children’s Play Policy Forum A collective voice for children’s play Press Statement 4th February 2019 For Immediate Release A crisis in childhood is happening every day, all around us. The Children’s Play Policy Forum has today issued a policy statement identifying a crisis[…]

ZURICH INSURANCE: Do the ‘underwrite’ thing and don’t bar adventure playgrounds from your services

Play England and London Play are calling on Zurich, which recently withdrew its cover from several adventure playgrounds, to revisit its decision, issuing a Joint Statement which highlights what could be lost should other insurers follow suit. Lawrence Waterman OBE, chair of the British Safety Council said: “Young people need to learn about taking and managing[…]

A manifesto for Play

A big thank you to everyone who has made our play policy forums so successful. Over 150 playworkers, play rangers, academics, head teachers, public health workers and councillors have come together to help shape a new manifesto for play. Huge thanks to hosts Bristol City Council, Bristol Play Network, Shiremoor Adventure Playground, Sycamore Adventure Playground[…]