Child Friendly Planning in the UK

Executive SummaryPlanning policy and practice is ultimately about serving the public good, and should therefore ensure the needs of both current and future generations. With that intention, the needs of children must be central in plan and decision-making. Yet, a quick examination of national planning policies reveals children are currently most visible through their absence. … Continue reading Child Friendly Planning in the UK

Neuromotor Readiness for School

New findings suggest that 60 per cent of children may be entering the school system lacking some of the fundamental physical capabilities, which underpin academic learning.  There are many factors involved in school readiness, a term used to describe the extent to which a child is prepared cognitively, socially, emotionally and physically to start school.   … Continue reading Neuromotor Readiness for School

Children’s Rights Apply in the Digital World

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has adopted General Comment No. 25 on children’s rights in relation to the digital environment. The Digital Education Working Group (DEWG) adopted a joint contribution regarding the United Nations General Observation on the rights of the child in the digital environment They write that children are … Continue reading Children’s Rights Apply in the Digital World

How Child Friendly Planning Can Save Cities

Tim Gill’s book Urban Playground: How child-friendly planning and design can save cities, has now been published and can be ordered from the RIBA website here. This is an important resource for developers, planners and anyone who is concerned about the need to give children space in our urban environment. From Tim Gill’s blog: “The book opens … Continue reading How Child Friendly Planning Can Save Cities