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
Maria Lyons wonders why we now ignore the right of families to take care of their children and whether modern assumptions about what is good for the economy ignore what is good for our children and our communities. The North East coast of Scotland is admittedly not known for its wonderful weather but we do … Continue reading Childcare Policy and the Economy
As any parent of young children will tell you, toddler groups exist as much for the adults as for the kids, and my local meet-up is no exception. We knock back coffee and compete to see who has had the least sleep while the children run riot on trikes. The small talk always winds its … Continue reading Are nurseries damaging our children?