Fair Play

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. Their report shows they are hugely achieving for the children in their care, stating that the children showed extremely high levels...

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Loose parts in play

07 April 2017

Playtime is the time most of us actually remember from school. How can loose parts - junk, stuff - help schools make playtime a key part of the school day? Back in the early 1990s I was a primary school teacher. Mostly I was privileged to work with three to six year-olds, but I also got to cover every...

Learning outdoors is not new, but in 2017 we have more evidence than ever before that shows the powerful impact it has on students and teachers. Natural England, a UK based NGO, recently showed that 92 per cent of teachers involved in their four year trial said that having lessons outdoors improved...

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Celebrate the sun

06 October 2016

The sun shining full on my face. That is my stand out number one feel good factor. That moment when you turn a corner, move from the shadows, come out of the door. It just makes me smile! So I just looked up what makes that feel good factor, and it seems there are all sorts of reasons. The vitamin D,...

I was having a cup of coffee with an old friend, and had asked her whether she'd heard of Pokémon Go. Of course she had.   "He asked to go to the park without being prompted for the first time!!"   So what do we think about it?   Is it yet another tech distraction shoving noses ever closer to our...

74 per cent of children in the UK get outdoors for less than an hour a day – far less than the recommended daily outdoor time for prisoners, and even less than the average pensioner. This is the headline statistic from market research conducted by Edelman Berland for the Unilever Dirt is Good campaign....

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. I have spent countless hours in the last 12 years walking its boundaries....

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Play is…

04 August 2015

What is play to you? What is it really? Play is what children do when adults stop telling them what to do. That’s one of my favourite explanations. And so our job as “children’s professionals” is often to both stop ourselves from telling them to do anything and to remove the barriers – physical, cultural,...

London is full of natural spaces – 47 per cent of it’s geographic area is "green". And yet one in seven of London’s children never go to a green space. And many adults don’t either. It’s fantastic to see the increase in forest schools across the country, but that doesn’t replace the need for everyday...

Haringey Council and Homes for Haringey have recently agreed to review “No Ball Games” signs and remove them “where they are impeding children’s play”.