Researching playful streets during the Covid-19 lockdown

Wendy Russell and Alison Stenning are today launching a survey to explore experiences of playfulness on streets during the Covid-19 lockdown in the UK. If you have something to say about play, or playful acts, on your street and in your neighbourhood, please have a look here: https://newcastle.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/playful-streets-covid… Please do fill this survey in and please do share! … Continue reading Researching playful streets during the Covid-19 lockdown

COVID-19 AND CHILDREN’S PLAY: THE RISKS AND BENEFITS

The Play Safety Forum and the UK's four national play bodies have jointly published a report by risk and play specialists Professor David Ball, Tim Gill, and Andy Yates, about Covid-19 and children's play. After surveying the current evidence, the report concludes that current UK policy 'is much more harmful to children than beneficial' and … Continue reading COVID-19 AND CHILDREN’S PLAY: THE RISKS AND BENEFITS

As lockdown eases, what children, families, AND teachers now desperately need is a great Summer of Play – but who will provide it?

The cautious optimism among play advocates in recent weeks, that the Covid-19 pandemic may lead to a fundamental re-evaluation of what is most important for children, their families, and communities, was given a cold reality check on Sunday, when the UK’s most progressive mainstream newspaper, the Guardian/Observer, dedicated its entire editorial to an 8-point ‘manifesto … Continue reading As lockdown eases, what children, families, AND teachers now desperately need is a great Summer of Play – but who will provide it?