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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 on children’s play, and responses to it – both internationally and in Scotland. The impact …

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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 …

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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 …

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Disabled children face severe restrictions to play

  By Steve Rose, Head of Children’s Specialist Services at Sense Play is critical in giving children the best start in life and improving outcomes for children and their families. Unfortunately Sense has found that many families with disabled children across the country face severe restrictions accessing play. At the end of February, Former Secretary …

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Increased investment is vital if disabled children are to access the play they need and deserve

By Nicola Butler, Chair of Trustees Play England welcomes the timely report, ‘The Case for Play’, launched today by the national deafblind charity, Sense, with former Home Secretary Lord Blunkett. It reveals that disabled children in England and Wales are missing out on play opportunities that are vital to their development. All children have a …

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Welcome to Play England’s new website

Nicola Butler Chair of Trustees, Play England To coincide with Play England’s Annual General Meeting tomorrow, we’re launching our new look website. Now, it’s much easier to locate resources, like ‘Design for Play’ and ‘Managing Risk in Play Provision’, that are essential reading for anyone involved in designing play opportunities for children. We’ve also themed our …