How are children best given opportunities to play freely and enjoy their childhoods? View our archive of case studies.
The West London Zone offers targeted support to children and young people inspired by a similar project in Harlem, New York. Emily Rogers went to find out more and observe the scheme in action.
Policymakers and practitioners are boosting support for families in the most disadvantaged areas to help pre-school children develop the skills they need to thrive and reduce the attainment gap.
Education experts answer Ofsted criticism of the quality of education for disadvantaged young pupils.
Play secured a funding spurt and national strategy a decade ago, but austerity put paid to much of its ambition. Yet new initiatives and spaces for children to play are vital to social and emotional wellbeing.
There are nearly 2,000 public playgrounds in Berlin, a city of four million inhabitants, of which about 500,000 are aged under 18. Statistically, this is a high ratio, but sheer quantity is not what sets Berlin apart.
National Playday highlights the importance of play in children's lives across the UK. As the event approaches, Emily Rogers examines how the sector is faring amid budget cuts and other challenges.
A charity has devised a blueprint for improved access to good quality play provision for disabled children under five through more national funding, investing in childcare providers' facilities, making play a statutory service and enforcing equalities law.
Play services were dealt a setback with the demise of the national play strategy. Gabriella Jozwiak joins one area that is celebrating play and the positive impact it can have on children, families and communities
City-centre nursery prioritises outdoor play, with the garden a seamless part of the setting.
Play and playfulness is central to the work of Naomi House and Jacksplace hospices for children and young people. Charlotte Goddard went to meet their award-winning play team to find out more.
Charity Children's Scrapstore provides schools with safe waste materials as alternative play equipment.
Theraplay involves therapists guiding the parent and child through playful, fun games and developmentally challenging activities.
Wasteland-based "junk playground" on Wrexham's Plas Madoc estate has made headlines for the freedom it gives children to engage in challenging play.
Hackney Council-funded Play Streets project has involved 40 streets being closed for play since September 2012.
Withdrawal of playwork qualifications is the latest episode in the dismantling of a sector, says expert.
Play initiative helps to improve social skills for five- to 15-year-olds and build better relationships between the children and their parents.
Kilburn Grange Adventure Playground offers stimulating play opportunities to children and young people.
Video interaction guidance (VIG) uses video to help parents become more attuned and responsive to their child's communication.
This article provides evidence on the psychobiological impact of "infant-directed singing" on mothers.
This study looks at the health benefits that an obesity prevention intervention programme can have for preschool children, and the role play can have as a key form of physical activity for young children.
The focus of this report is on children of school age, and on free play that takes place outdoors. It looks at quantitative evidence of the wider outcomes and impact of play.
This study aimed to gauge the quality of today's playgrounds in comparison to the play spaces that survey respondents favoured as children.
This review studies the extent to which residential street design can provide an environment that encourages children's outdoor activity.