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Play England Annual General Meeting – Monday 4 June

Play England Annual General Meeting Monday 4 June, 12.30 – 1.30pm Bristol Town Hall, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TR All welcome! Play England is delighted to announce that this year its Annual General Meeting is being hosted by Bristol City Council and Bristol Play Network. Taking place on Monday 4 June, it will update members …

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Play needs increased funding

With the latest report by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showing girls spending more time involved in play activities than boys, Play England is highlighting how the chronic funding crisis on the play sector means girls in particular are missing out on play opportunities. The ONS report ‘Children’s engagement with the outdoors and sports …

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Play England’s submission to Draft London Plan Consultation

Submission to London Plan Consultation: Policy S4: inclusion of adventure playgrounds in new developments Play England welcomes the Mayor of London’s Draft London Plan, particularly Policy S4 on Play and Informal Recreation which calls on London Boroughs to: undertake audits of existing play and informal recreation provision and opportunities, and assessments of need, considering the …

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Play England is expanding its Board of Trustees!

Play England wants to expand its board of trustees! We’re seeking people from a broad range of backgrounds with skills in HR and/or employment law, fundraising, and marketing in particular, as well as people from related sectors such as child psychology, social work, healthcare, teaching or youth work. Trustees meet every two months in London, …

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Shiremoor leads the way on quality in play

Shiremoor Adventure Playground is the latest play organisation to be accredited with Quality in Play (QiP), Play England’s quality assurance system for playwork practitioners. Shiremoor, in Newcastle upon Tyne, is a former mining area with high levels of deprivation. The adventure playground opened in 2010 as part of the Play Pathfinder Programme on a previously …

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Demonstrating health and wellbeing benefits is vital for local play organisations

  At a time when staffed play provision is being forced to close due to funding cuts, helping show the myriad benefits of outdoor play is vital. Research and evaluation projects that demonstrate these benefits can help local play organisations, including adventure playgrounds, secure funding. Play England’s recent ‘Street Play’ evaluation – that provides evidence …

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Thirty years on, Playday continues to inspire

  As we reach the 30th anniversary of, founder Mick Conway looks back at its development and impact. Thirty years ago we had a problem. Children’s play provision was under threat because of massive central government cuts to local area funding.  Three of us called a meeting and nobody came. We went to the pub …

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New research shows playing out gets children active

Press release New research published by Play England shows that playing out increases children’s physical activity. At a time of continuing concerns about childhood obesity, the research shows how playing out helps children meet daily targets of physical activity. The reports evaluate the three-year Street Play project, funded by the Department of Health, and delivered …