Local children invited to nature-inspired party to celebrate completion of inclusive playground at Greenwich Park

Space for children of all abilities to discover, explore and have fun together. The Royal Parks charity invited local children from around Greenwich Park to attend a launch event on Tuesday to celebrate the completion of a new inclusive playground in the park. The charity’s Chief Executive, Andrew Scattergood, opened the bespoke £350,000 maritime-themed playground … Continue reading Local children invited to nature-inspired party to celebrate completion of inclusive playground at Greenwich Park

Schoolchildren helped redesign a city to cut air pollution and climate warming

Air pollution has a particularly damaging effect on children. They’re still growing and breathe faster than adults do. They also live closer to the ground, where the most polluting gases from vehicles accumulate. Pollution from traffic has been linked to problems with brain development, stunted growth, respiratory conditions, cancers and 300,000 child deaths worldwide. Children … Continue reading Schoolchildren helped redesign a city to cut air pollution and climate warming

Early years funding crisis in England affecting the poorest children

In England, new research reveals how the poorest children are being negatively affected by an early years funding shortfall. The study found almost one in five childcare providers (17%) in the most deprived areas of England anticipate closure in the next twelve months – over twice as many as those in the most affluent (8%). … Continue reading Early years funding crisis in England affecting the poorest children

How do 11-year-olds understand the regeneration of Deptford?

In summer 2018 I did workshops with year 6 pupils from Sir Francis Drake Primary School and Grinling Gibbons Primary School. Both workshops were held at and organised with the help of the wonderful team at Deptford Lounge. Pupils had already discussed the idea of regeneration with their teachers in school and were therefore prepared … Continue reading How do 11-year-olds understand the regeneration of Deptford?

The child’s view of a neighbourhood

In this extract from their report, Neighbourhood Design: Working with Children Towards a Child Friendly City, Dinah Bornat and Ben Shaw propose new approaches to urban design and participation with young people. A quarter of London’s population is younger than 18 years old. That’s a significant proportion, but children are nevertheless largely unrepresented in urban … Continue reading The child’s view of a neighbourhood