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  • Insights from Bob Hughes. 20 April 2020

    PPE, virus, deaths today, masks, Nightingale Hospital,
    Critical Care, stay at home, respirators, coughs, clapping for the NHS,
    Lockdown, oxygen., overwhelming, wash your hands, Corona, mass graves, peaks
    and plateau, anti-body  …………………………….what
    do children make of this, how might they react?

    For one thing, they are playing in doors, and ...

  • Communications Associate Volunteer

    Communications Associate Volunteer Opportunity

  • London Marathon 2021

    Apply for a charity place for the London Marathon in 2021 with Play England and help support a child's right to play.

  • 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:

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-managing-playgrounds-and-outdoor-gyms/covid-19-guidance-for-managing-playgrounds-and-outdoor-gyms

    For further ideas and inspiration on how to support children’s play, see:

    • Play After Lockdown Webinar

      A Play England Webinar, 23 June 2020

      Hear the inspiring stories about how adventure playgrounds and playworkers have been supporting children throughout Lockdown.

      As we prepare for the summer, this briefing is full of practical hints and tips for playworkers and all those who work ...

    • COVID-19 and Children’s Play

      Download full report here.

      Written for the UK Play Safety Forum, including Play England, Play Scotland, Play Wales and PlayBoard Northern Ireland, by Professor David Ball, Tim Gill and Andy Yates.

      This report sumarises the emerging evidence on the effects of play restrictions in terms of ...

    • 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, ...

    • Children’s Play Policy Forum Statement on Racism

      As a group of play professionals, researchers and academics leading on issues pertaining to Play in the four nations we have agreed it to be important to respond to the terrible death of George Floyd and the profound outpouring of ...

    • Experiences from Dudley

      My name is Keith Rogers and I manage Sycamore Adventure Playground in Dudley for Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council and I am also a trustee for Play England.
      Like adventure playgrounds across the world, Sycamore Adventure is currently closed. Before the end of March, we would have 60 children in the morning, a ...

    • Celebrating difference & championing diversity in play

      Training Event, Wednesday 6 November 2019, 9am – 1pm
      Children’s Scrapstore, Bristol, BS2 9LB

      Play England is excited to be hosting this training event in partnership with Children’s Scrapstore in Bristol.

      The event will examine the barriers to inclusion and how we overcome them. ...