Government ministers in the UK should ‘reinvest’ in the landmark Sure Start centres for disadvantaged children as a tribute to their political archtect, Tessa Jowell. The death last week of the former Health Secretary from brain cancer has led to calls for ministers to increase their commitment to what were once seen as landmark early years centres, reports The Guardian...Read more
|Comment|author: Simon Weedy

Register today for Child in the City World Conference

The 9th Child in the City World Conference will be held on 24th – 26th of September 2018 in Vienna. The international conference takes place every two years. It is a key opportunity for children’s professionals, city planners, geographers and...Read more
|Comment|author: Julia Zvobgo

Children’s book giveaway schemes boost literacy

US-based book distribution schemes that provide free children’s books in low-income neighbourhoods can greatly help boost literacy levels, says a new study.  Researchers at New York University (NYU) looked at community schemes in cities such as...Read more
|Comment|author: Simon Weedy

New child-sized city opens in Johannesburg

Johannesburg will soon be the latest global metropolis to have a KidZania ‘replica city’, using play to show children all about careers. Youngsters visiting these enormous indoor playgrounds – there are 24 worldwide – experience what...Read more
|Comment|author: Simon Weedy
Rocket's Universe Playground, photos courtesy of Shane's Inspiration

Changing perceptions, transforming play

The neighbourhood playground is an environment where families create community. But for decades, an entire group was missing from these vital hubs: caregivers and children with disabilities, who make up 19% of the US population. Two...Read more
|Comment|author: The Play and Playground Magazine