Think back to your childhood… Where did you play? How long for? And what did you get out of it?
At the International Seminar on Children’s Play in the Urban Environment last week, I was reminded by one of the speakers, Ali Wood, how important it is, as parents and practitioners, to keep asking these questions. Not just think about what play is, but how, where and when children now actually get the opportunity to play. Not playing computer games (fun as they are), or sport (again fun as that is), but playing as themselves, for themselves. Continue reading “How do you turn a looming crisis into a public debate?”
Did you see that another all-outdoor nursery got Outstanding from Ofsted? It was in a lot of papers, with a very cute picture of a small child with an adult sized saw. Continue reading “Why getting Outstanding for an all outdoor nursery shouldn’t be (so) newsworthy”
Less than ten percent of children get to visit the natural environment as part of the school day, despite growing evidence that outdoor play and learning transforms children’s wellbeing.
Continue reading “Why don’t (most) schools get outdoors more? “
Last night I cycled back from Westminster to East London and just as I got over the Old Street roundabout I felt an increasingly familiar sense of ‘Nearly home’. As I turned into London Fields, Hackney, I smiled. This is my place.
What does that mean? What is Kith? Continue reading “Building a Sense of Place”
The Wild Network, a UK-based network of organisations and individuals promoting outdoor play and access to outdoor space for children, has announced a multi-million pound partnership with computer game giant Minecraft to launch a series of Minecraft theme parks across the UK.
Continue reading “Minecraft Theme Parks to Open in UK”