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A new beginning for playwork?

The world’s only professor of playwork, Fraser Brown of Leeds Beckett University, welcomed the launch of the new Playwork Foundation at a special event in London last week. Adrian Voce, who also spoke at the...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

The risk-benefit equation of challenging playgrounds

Over-protective attitudes to risk and safety can lead to the real long-term risks arising from inactivity in children. Playground designers, says Jeanette Fich Jespersen of the KOMPAN Play Institute, must resist risk averse pressures and...Read more
|Comment|author: Jeanette Fich Jespersen

Potential space? Play, parents and streets

In these reflections on this week’s Child in the City International Seminar in London, researcher Alison Stenning asks what playable neighbourhood space means for parents and other adults. She invokes the great play scholar Donald Winnicott in suggesting that...Read more
|3 comments|author: Alison Stenning

Play sufficiency is a question of spatial justice

Wales is the first country in the world to legislate specifically for children’s play. In this latest in our series of interviews to coincide with today’s conference on Children’s Play in the Urban Environment, Mike Barclay and Ben...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

Why US playgrounds must emulate the UK and Europe

Meghan Talarowski is the founder and director of Studio Ludo, a non-profit research, design and advocacy company in Philadelphia, USA. Ahead of next week’s Child in the City international seminar on children’s play in the urban...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

New playwork body to launch at London event

The Playwork Foundation, the new membership body for playwork practitioners, is launching a membership scheme at an event in London next month.  The Playwork Foundation has announced a launch event to be held at Goldsmiths University of...Read more
|Comment|author: Karen Benjamin

IPA conference highlights play sector challenges

In the second part of this reflection on themes of the IPA world conference in Calgary, Robin Sutcliffe identifies funding cuts and parental anxiety as major obstacles to the aspirations of play advocates, leaving providers...Read more
|Comment|author: Robin Sutcliffe