Where Children Play


‘Where Do Children Play?’ is a question for anyone making decisions which affect children. Children need play to develop as sustainable human beings: do planning and policy decisions in urban development take into account the real needs of children? Do they give children physical and conceptual space? Is the voice of children heard?

Traditional housing is being replaced with high rise developments throughout London. The flats are too expensive for most people, especially families, to move into and they are anyway unsuitable for children to grow up in. The natural green space and play spaces are being eroded. As a consequence, families are being pushed out of central London and communities are being destroyed. What can we do to encourage a more enlightened approach to creating city spaces for children to grow up in?

The Royal Parks Play Strategy

Playful Childhoods aims to help parents, carers grandparents and community groups give children plenty of good opportunities to play.

What Makes a City Child Friendly? Examination of a Deptford development

Improving Children’s Health through Play: Exploring Issues and Recommendations

Children exploring risky play in the city

Stackable Playscapes system transforms empty lots into playgrounds

Playing It Up—With Loose Parts, Playpods, and Adventure Playgrounds

Inspiring Play in Young Children – The Essential Baker’s Dozen Top Loose Parts List

Child in the City London Seminar November 2017

Foundling Museum Play Symposium March 2017   The Value of Investing in our Children

Where Do Children Play? Conference November 2016 Report