While adventure playgrounds in the UK continue to face threats to their futures a result of on-going austerity in the public sector, a movement in the United States is cultivating their renaissance in American cities. Emma Kantrowitz reports. Swings, slides, jungle gyms and monkey bars are all standard fare at an ordinary playground. But an adventure playground is no ordinary playground.“While each adventure playground is different, they all...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

Why can’t I play in our schoolyard?

Breathing air that does not make us ill is something that most of us take for granted, but for children who have asthma or pollen allergies, even playing outside at school can be seriously hazardous....Read more
|Comment|author: Peter Prakke

UNICEF launches child friendly city toolkit

UNICEF has launched its toolkit for child friendly cities. Here, Louise Thivant, a policy and advocacy specialist with the agency, describes this new resource and its purpose. UNICEF has launched the Child-Friendly Cities and Communities Initiative...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

Being at home in our neighbourhood

In this adaptation of her presentation at Child in the City, 2016, Dr. Margriet Wiersma of the Alexander Foundation in the Netherlands describes an action research project to activate and support children and parents in...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

Talking to children about terrorism

When randomly violent things happen in places that are familiar to children, their fear and anxiety can be very real, even if they do not mention it. After the shocking events in central London this week, Nicky...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

The return of the natives

Many children from lower income families do not get the opportunity to enjoy nature, even close to their homes. In this article, Nancy Vielmas and Victoria Derr, of the California State University, Monterey Bay, describe Return of...Read more
|Comment|author: Victoria Derr

Salzburg series on children in parks

A high level international seminar series is focusing its current programme on the issue of children’s access to green space. Adrian Voce reports. The Salzburg Global Seminar series is holding a 5-day programme, which began on 18 March,...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

Building the case for child friendly cities

The writer and consultant Tim Gill has announced a new research project to explore the factors at work in policymaking for more child-friendly urban environments. In this article he describes the project, the issues it...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

London launches healthy streets plan

The Mayor of London has launched a new long-term plan, with ambitions to make London one of the best cities in the world for walking and cycling. Adrian Voce reports. At a special conference on 17...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

Scottish Parliament debates national play charter

The Scottish Parliament has debated the country’s first Play Charter, developed and promoted by Play Scotland, the national play charity. Adrian Voce reports. A motion to support Scotland’s first Play Charter, developed by Play Scotland, was...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce