Our blog aims to promote discussion on play, the play sector and related policy issues. Please note that guest blogs do not represent the views of Play England.

We welcome and encourage people to join in the discussion by using our comments section. Do feel free to post comments, follow-up questions or comments. Click here for our comments policy.

Latest posts

  • What do children make of this Corona world and how might they react? Insights from Bob Hughes, author of A Taxonomy of Play Types

    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 ...

  • Letter to Local Authorities on Playgrounds

    Some local authorities in England have started to close children’s playgrounds despite government guidance that is specific about keeping them open.

    Play England and a group of academics, scientists, play experts and charities have written the attached open letter calling on them to put the well being of children first.

    A Play England Webinar, 23 June 2020

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

    As we prepared for the summer of 2020, the briefing is full of practical hints and tips for playworkers and all ...

  • 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, by Keith Rogers of Sycamore Adventure Playground

    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 ...

  • A Manifesto for Play: Policy Proposals for Children’s Play in England

    Play England, the Playwork Foundation and International Play Association England are delighted to have joined forces to publish a Manifesto for Play, ahead of any upcoming General Election.

    The Manifesto, based on a consultation with children’s professionals, calls on Britain’s political parties to include Leadership, Legislation ...