Journalist Harriet Grant is pursuing her research into the state of children's play. In her latest article she looks at what we can do to give children more opportunity to play outdoors. She begins: It is easy to get nostalgic when someone mentions playing outside: hazy memories of summers spent kicking a ball in the … Continue reading Children are stuck inside more than ever – how can we give them back their freedom?
The city's spatial development is squeezing young people out of the spaces they need. In recent weeks, children’s play space has been in the news for worrying reasons. A widely reported story about the Baylis Old School development in Lambeth revealed that the play spaces for the social and affordable rent homes were “segregated” from … Continue reading Nicky Gavron: London must build the needs of children into its planning policies
Playday is the national day for play in the UK, traditionally held on the first Wednesday in August. This year Playday will be celebrated on Wednesday 7 August. We are delighted to announce that the 2019 theme is Play Builds Children. The Playday 2019 theme aims to highlight the many ways in which play is … Continue reading The 2019 Playday theme is ‘Play Builds Children’
Play England Chair of Trustees Nicola Butler was amongst those giving evidence at Examinations in Public on the London Plan on Friday 3 May, along with London Assembly Member and Deputy Chair of London’s Planning Committee Nicky Gavron, Marion Briggs, Joanna Chambers, Tim Gill and Adrian Voce. Play England called for a Play Sufficiency requirement … Continue reading Advocating for Play in the London Plan
The UK ranks 170 out of 181 countries worldwide. This is 3 higher than last year. Although we do well in the Rights to Life, Health, Education and Protection, it's the enabling environment for Child Rights that we fall down on. This indicates what we in the Alliance in London have been working with for … Continue reading The UK ranks 170 in KidsRights Index
Waldorf Education is 100 years old this year. Rudolf Steiner began with a school for the children of workers in the Waldorf cigarette factory in 1919. He was influenced by Margaret McMillan and valued her pioneering approach. Today there are almost 2,000 early childhood centres and around 1,200 schools worldwide that work on the basis … Continue reading 100 Years of Waldorf Education