Play

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

Look back in play – part 4

In the final part of her piece about play and space, inspired by Abdul Chowdry’s discovered photographs of the adventure playground where she played as a child, landscape architect Maisie Rowe reflects on the significance...Read more
|Comment|author: Maisie Rowe

Look back in play – part 3

In this third part of her evocative essay about the Camden Square adventure playground where she played as a child, the writer and activist Maisie Rowe reflects on the seriousness of play for children, and...Read more
|Comment|author: Maisie Rowe

Look back in play – part 2

Landscape architect Maisie Rowe continues her journey into the memories of a rich childhood spent on an adventure playground in inner London’s Camden Square, vividly revived by the discovered photographs of her playworker, Abdul Chowdry. In...Read more
|Comment|author: Maisie Rowe

Look back in play – part 1

Uncovering a stash of unseen photographs took landscape architect Maisie Rowe back to her childhood – and forward to a meditation on the importance of spaces for play. Over four parts, she tells the story...Read more
|Comment|author: Maisie Rowe

How to talk to parents about ‘risky play’

The term ‘risky play’ has become a banner for the movement to allow children more freedom to play within environments that meet their need to be adventurous, challenge themselves and learn how to navigate the world rather...Read more
|Comment|author: Mariana Brussoni