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Play Deprivation [Website]
 A briefing sheet on the effects of play deprivation.
 
Sustainable development and outdoor play [Website]
 This case study explores the development of active learning opportunities for Playwork students to appreciate the relationship between children’s play and access to outdoor play spaces in the context of sustainability and the sustainable development of communities.
 
"An Analysis of Curfew Enforcement and Juvenile Crime in California." [Website]
 Citation: Males, Mike and Dan Macallair. 1999. Western Criminology Review 1 (2). [Online]. Available: http://wcr.sonoma.edu/v1n2/males.html. ABSTRACT In recent years cities and localities across the country have expanded the use of youth curfews to address growing public concern about juvenile crime and violence. By reducing the number of youth on the street during certain hours, curfews are assumed to lower the risk factors associated with youth crime. Curfews have been widely cited by policy makers as an effective tool for reducing youth crime. However, no comprehensive analysis of the effects of these laws has been completed. This study analyzes arrest, reported crime, and mortality data from jurisdictions throughout California for the 1980-97 period. There is no support for the hypothesis that jurisdictions with curfews experience lower crime levels, accelerated youth crime reduction, or lower rates of juvenile violent death than jurisdictions without curfews.
 
'More Great Childcare' - A guide to the Government's childcare reform proposals [Website]
 Early years qualifications, ratios, regulation and diversity of provision are all in line for change under the Government's recently announced policy proposals. Here are the key points from the report with dates for changes to apply, when known.
 
10 Top Tips for Fundraising [Website]
 A briefing sheet with 10 funding tips taken from The Venture: a case study of an adventure playground that have helped to ensure a range of funding support to meet the projects needs.
 
Play Wise Programme: Play Streets in London timeline [Website]
 The history of the creation of Play Streets in London.
 
A Play Strategy for Scotland [Website]
 We want Scotland to be the best place to grow up. A nation which values play as a life-enhancing daily experience for all our children and young people; in their homes, nurseries, schools and communities.
 
A Position Paper on Play [Website]
 Playboard Northern Ireland publication
 
Acceptable Behaviour Contracts - Wikipedia Entry [Website]
 Entry on ABCs in Wikipedia, with (as at December 2010) a major contribution by Fair Play for Children in the face of a lack of much information to date on the topic. There is a link to a Fair Play article 'Easy as ABC?' from 2002.
 
Accidents on Sldes [Website]
 Serious accidents are unexpectedly happening on slides. A common exacerbating feature is the wearing of clothing made of different materials. These generally happen when the slides are new. Over time the same slides become so slow that they do not maintain their utility as a slide. Some risk can be reduced by changes in the Standard EN 1176, however further research and testing is needed to increase both the safety and utility of the slides.
 
Adventure Play [Website]
 This is a facsimile version of a booklet Harry wrote for the then National Playing Fields Association in 1983 (published 1984). Although it has been out of print for over twenty years, some people still refer to it as a key document of its time, and some of the things it says are as true today as they ever were (more so maybe).
 
Ama’r Children’s Culture House / Dorte Mandrup [Website]
 Architects: Dorte Mandrup Location: København, Denmark Architect In Charge: Dorte Mandrup Year: 2013 A wholly imaginative concept
 
American Journal of Play [Website]
 “The American Journal of Play promises to change the common view that play is frivolous and unimportant. Play builds and heals minds and bodies. It is nature's way of ensuring competence and fitness.” - Joe L. Frost, University of Texas at Austin (Emeritus)
 
Annotated Bibliography - Children's Play [Website]
 11 page summary, 2012
 
Are You Ready for Your Inspection [Website]
 Are you ready for your inspection? A guide to inspections of provision on Ofsted's Childcare and Early Years Registers
 
Association of Play Industries - Useful publications and documents [Website]
 Includes their membership directory and useful guidance on playground development etc - some titles from other sources
 
Basic document from the The National Safety Council of the USA [PDF]
 Basic document from the The National Safety Council of the USA.
 
Certified Playground Safety [Website]
 American Page - Children love playgrounds. Parents love playgrounds. Whether they are located at a school or in a park, playgrounds not only provide an outdoor recreation opportunity---they contribute to a sense of community. Unfortunately, time spent at the playground can also lead to a trip to the emergency room. The good news is that government agencies and nonprofit organizations have developed standards and certifications that promote playground safety.
 
Charities and the Equality Act 2010 [Website]
 The long-awaited Equality Act received Royal Assent on 8 April 2010 and is likely to be implemented in October 2010. It is therefore important that charities take this opportunity to consider the (often underestimated) impact the Equality Act 2010 may have on their operations.
 
Charter for Children's Play [Website]
 The Charter for Children's Play sets out a vision for play, and outlines the principles of what play means for children and what we should all do to promote their right to enjoy it.
 
Child Care - US Census Bureau [Website]
 Information collected on child care through the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) has evolved over the years to include comprehensive data on child care use, cost, and receipt of government assistance. Beginning with the 1996 SIPP panel, child care data were collected about all arrangements for all children under the age of 15, regardless of parental labor force status. Earlier SIPP panels only collected data on the primary and secondary child care arrangements for a limited number of children, and usually only for employed parents.
 
Child Care and Early Education - Research Connections [Website]
 Useful, updated list of Fact Sheets and Briefs culled from various sources and institutions
 
Child Care Health and safety Daily Checklist [Website]
 for use by child care providers (US origin)
 
Child Care Registration - General [Website]
 There are different types of registered childcare provision depending on where the childcare takes place, how many people are providing the childcare and the ages of the children who are cared for. This is a short guide to the different types of care and their registration status.
 
Child Development [Website]
 Let children be children. Child development does not mean pushing your child around to make him live your dreams. Learning is the most important aspect of child development which needs an open mind and generous heart. A series of titles online.
 
Child Protection - Subject Access Checks [Website]
 An individual is entitled to exercise their rights to obtain information that is held about them under the Data Protection Act 1998. This process is known as a subject access request. This is not a criminal records check, it is intended for you to see what details the police systems hold about you. A subject access request is an individual's right of access to verify the information held about them on police computers. Contact your local police to get a form.
 
Child Protection Cases - Fact Sheet from European Court of Human Rights [Website]
 Fact Sheet listing ECHR cases and actions concerning Corporal Punishment, Internet, Risk of Abuse in Child Care, Domestic Violence and Abuse, Ill-treatment by Police, Children in Court, and Children and in Detention issues. The UK Government was defendant in 9 of the 20 cases listed from 1978 to date.
 
Child protection: Safeguarding our children [Website]
 Play Wales, 2008 Policy and procedures for adoption and adaption
 
Child protection: Safeguarding our children [Website]
 Policy and procedures for adoption and adaption
 
Children Act 2004 [Website]
 The Children Bill received Royal Assent on 15 November and is now the Children Act 2004. The Act provides a legislative spine for the wider strategy for improving children's lives. This covers the universal services which every child accesses, and more targeted services for those with additional needs. The overall aim is to encourage integrated planning, commissioning and delivery of services as well as improve multi-disciplinary working, remove duplication, increase accountability and improve the coordination of individual and joint inspections in local authorities. The legislation is enabling rather than prescriptive and provides local authorities with a considerable amount of flexibility in the way they implement its provisions.
 
Children play assessment checklists [Website]
 A considerable list of PDF documents from many countries, dealing with all manner of issues around Play.
 
Children's Play - Health and Well-being [Website]
 A briefing sheet on the importance of play and its' impact on children's health.
 
Children's Play in Natural Environments [Website]
 Written by Martin Maudsley, this factsheet looks at the benefits of natural play for children, and gives advice on how adults can support this type of play.
 
Children's Rights and Business Principles Initiative [Website]
 A three-month consultation period has concluded for the Children’s Rights and Business Principles (CRBP) Initiative. More than 600 business leaders, civil society representatives and children participated in face-to-face or online consultations to comment on a set of draft principles which will set standards for child-friendly businesses everywhere.
 
Children's Tree Swings - A Aguide to Good Practice [Website]
 London Play had been advised by play safety inspectors that tree swings were not to be encouraged, but then we saw the Forestry Commission advice to their staff to leave tree swings in place after safety testing them in their county parks, so we thought it best to engage with the issue. The downloadable guide is the result. This guidance was developed by Monkey-Do a team of professional tree surgeons who are also experts in climbing, swinging and playing in trees.
 
Committee on the Rights of the Child General comment No. 17 (2013) The right of the child to rest, leisure, play, recreational activities, cultural life and the arts (Article 31) [PDF]
 This General Comment has been developed to address concerns, raise the profile, awareness and understanding among States as to the centrality of Article 31 rights in the life and development of every child and to elaborate measures to ensure their implementation. Article 31 rights have universal application in the diversity of communities and societies of the world and respect the value of all cultural traditions and forms. The rights are to be enjoyed by every child, regardless of the place where he/she lives, his/her cultural background or his/her parental status.
 
Common sense common safety [Website]
 Report on the review of the operation of health and safety laws and the growth of compensation culture. Recommendations include: simplify the process for schools and similar organisations before taking children on trips; single consent form to cover all activities a child may undertake during his or her time at a school; shift from a system of risk assessment to a system of risk-benefit assessment
 
Consulting Children About Play [Website]
 Written by Mark Gladwin, this factsheet gives practical ideas on ways of consulting children on play opportunities and facilities.
 
Create High Performing Students [Website]
 In this report, we summarize the available studies on the role of outdoor learning programs and outdoor play time in furthering children’s overall education: improving their lifelong learning skills, prospects for career success and school test scores.
 
Daycare - Registration [Website]
 There are different types of registered childcare provision depending on where the childcare takes place, how many people are providing the childcare and the ages of the children who are cared for. This page explains the different types of childcare and has links to guidance providing details on registration.
 
Design for Play: A guide to creating successful play spaces [Website]
 Play space needs to be of high quality and good design to attract children and families and become a valued part of the local environment. Poor quality, unimaginative space will not be attractive to children, will not be valued by the local community and will fall in to disuse and disrepair. Good design is a good investment.
 
Enabling Environments: Let's explore ... dragons [Website]
 Put books at the heart of your activities based on a favourite myth ical creature, along with art and small-world play, as Helen Bromley suggests. Dragons are creatures of myth, fantasy, magic and legend. These amazing winged reptiles have the power to fascinate and inspire tales of adventure, bravery and daring.
 
Expert Guide to the Southwark Judgement [Website]
 The Southwark Judgement, made by the Law Lords in May 2009, is a piece of case law that obliges children's services to provide accommodation and support to homeless 16- and 17-year-olds. In the past, many children's services deemed that young people in this age group did not necessarily "need care" from local authorities but "help and support" in accessing housing benefits.
 
Facilitating play on housing estates (Summary Report) [Website]
 This study of over 3,500 children at play on twelve housing estates provides an important guide to where and how children play. The report provides guidelines and checklists for assessing: how safe estates are for children to travel about in the best locations for play areas the safest designs for road and footpath networks the availability and accessibility of built and natural play environments for children ways to empower and involve children and young people in estate design and play facilities The study found that children seek social contact with friends through play activity and require a safe and interesting environment to play in.
 
Fact Sheet President Obama’s Plan for Early Education for all Americans [Website]
 In his State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to expand access to high-quality preschool to every child in America. As part of that effort, the President will propose a series of new investments that will establish a continuum of high-quality early learning for a child – beginning at birth and continuing to age 5. By doing so, the President would invest critical resources where we know the return on our dollar is the highest: in our youngest children.
 
Fields in Trust Toolkit [Website]
 This toolkit is a one stop guide to help you ensure the success and sustainability of your outdoor spaces. It includes technical advice, funding and finance, working with volunteers and communities, and more general resources. The Toolkit provides handy PDF downloads, signposting to other useful websites and Case Studies to highlight how other groups have used this information - or you can view our frequently asked questions to help you on your way.
 
From Bogey Mountains to Funny Houses - Children's desires for play environment [Website]
 In what kinds of environments do pre-school children want to play? Finnish study.
 
Funding for Play [Website]
 Whether you are an established community group, or just starting out trying to find ways to improve your community spaces, this guide is designed to point you in the right direction. It is not intended to be a list of fundraising ideas, but an outline guide for those intending to raise larger sums of money by securing grants from local and national funders.
 
Good Medical Practice: 0-18 years: guidance for all doctors [Website]
 The booklet Good Medical Practice describes what is expected of all doctors registered with the GMC. The guidance that follows, which is for all doctors, develops the duties and principles set out in Good Medical Practice and in our other guidance. It focuses on children and young people from birth until their 18th birthday
 
Guidance on play etc involving children with disabilities - series from KIDS [Website]
 A series of briefings including: Making The Links - Playful Short Breaks for Disabled Children (May 2009) Online Guidance Briefing for Transition Support Workers (April 2009) Online Guidance Briefing for Play Pathfinders & Playbuilders (April 2009) Inclusive Design for Play (Feb 2009) Inclusion into Practice (Dec 2008) Aiming Higher for Inclusive Play (2008) An essential site!
 
Guidance on what to look for in a play designer [Website]
 This factsheet gives brief guidance on choosing a play designer, as outlined in Shackell, A and others (2008) Design for Play: A guide to creating successful play spaces. London: DCSF, DCMS and Play England.
 
Holiday Playschemes Activity Guide [Website]
 These fun themed activity ideas from 4Children offer a balance of structure and imagination that encourage children’s creativity, enable them to develop confidence, inspire them to take risks, support them in learning to cope with change and allow them to discover how they fit into the world around them and how they can have an impact on it.
 
Hop Skip and Jump - 1 [HTML Version]
 CLICK to Play VIDEO: History of the Rise and Fall of Children's Games in the UK [opens new page]

 
How to keep children safe while they play games for kids [HTML Version]
 
 
How to Make Slime [Website]
 Learning how to make slime is not only fun but also a constructive way of engaging kids. Through this article learn more than just making slime, learn how to make slime without borax or cornstarch and how to make edible slime!
 
How to Raise Funds for Children's Play [Website]
 This factsheet is designed to act as a guide to help you to secure funding towards a project on children’s play. It covers the essential steps you need to think about in order to get your funding.
 
I have a right to play out too! - Celebrating outdoor play for disabled children [Website]
 This new PIP briefing celebrates outdoor play for disabled children – the theme of the PIP regional seminars held in 2009. It is being published alongside a more in-depth KIDS briefing (which will shortly be available on our website) looking at the wider issues around play and health. The new PIP briefing focuses on practical examples and case studies of disabled children and young people accessing outdoor play drawn from the PIP seminars and National Inclusive Play Network members. It is intended to complement the KIDS briefing on play and health, and will be particularly useful for play rangers and play providers who want to promote more outdoor play opportunities for disabled children, as well as local authority play pathfinders and playbuilders who are currently in the process of developing new playgrounds or refurbishing existing outdoor play spaces with government funding from the National Play Strategy.
 
Improving Children’s Play Experience: Design Principles to Improve RC Toys for Boys [Website]
 A Canadian-based toy company sought to better understand the inconveniently high return rates affecting their flagship product. A large proportion of the returns were made by “unsatisfied consumers” reporting no apparent product defect. This project sought to understand why consumers were dissatisfied, and to develop design principles for improving the product experience.
 
Inclusive Play [Website]
 A briefing sheet on the inclusion of disabled children in play provision.
 
International Journal of Play Vol 1,1 [Website]
 ISSN 2159-4937 (Print), 2159-4953 (Online) Publication Frequency 3 issues per year
 
International Sources of Information on Play [Website]
 Compiled by CPIS, this is a list of international websites and organisations related to children's play, focusing on the right to play, research and design and planning for play. Updated annually
 
IPA Summary of United Nations General Comment No. 17 on A31 [Website]
 This summary was produced by the International Play Association: Promoting the Child’s Right to Play (IPA) to assist with the dissemination of the General Comment and to highlight children’s article 31 rights. The summary is freely available to download and share for those purposes.
 
Journal of Playwork Practice - subscription info [Website]
 Journal of Playwork Practice is a new resource for anybody working in ‘playwork’. Each issue will contain 112 pages of key research, theory and practice-related articles, providing professional development and support for everybody using playwork practice in any setting.
 
Key Sources of Information on Children's Play [Website]
 Compiled by CPIS, this factsheet lists some of the key organisations and sources of information on children’s play. Updated annually
 
Kids Art Activities [Website]
 Art for kids guide with information on child art, art activities, craft ideas and art projects for kids, preschool art activities for preschoolers, and various other arts and crafts for kids.
 
Learning and Developing Through Play [Website]
 Children need time to develop their play. They like having spaces inside and outside, and often enjoy playing with other children and adults. They also need props such as toys, equipment and real objects to play with and manipulate. They love to make choices about when, what, where, how, and with whom to play. These guidelines offer information and suggestions on how the adult can extend and enrich children’s learning and development through play
 
London SPG on play and informal recreation [Website]
 This new and updated version of the original 2008 document incorporates consultation responses from London Play amongst others. The main requirements are unchanged - it advises that play space must be provided in all new developments expected to have more than 10 children resident.
 
Make Time for Play [Website]
 Tips on how to provide time for children to play
 
Managing Risk in Play Provision: Implementation guide [Website]
 The Play Safety Forum, formed in 1993, exists to consider and promote the wellbeing of children and young people through ensuring a balance between safety, risk and challenge in respect of play and leisure provision. It is an independent body hosted by Play England. For further information about the Play Safety Forum visit www.playengland.org.uk/playsafetyforum. This edition of Managing Risk in Play Provision: Implementation guide is published for Play England on behalf of the Play Safety Forum by NCB. Second edition
 
Messy Play Booklet [Website]
 Children love to get muddy, covered in paint and stuff when playing, we call this Messy Play! Play is essential to children’s development. Messy Play can help develop children’s senses as they explore the different textures of materials.
 
Mobile Play - Buying and Converting a Vehicle [Website]
 An introductory guide from the National Playbus Association for organisations providing a mobile service
 
National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2010 [Website]
 Procedures and guidance cannot in themselves protect children; a competent, skilled and confident workforce, together with a vigilant public, can. Child protection is a complex system requiring the interaction of services, the public, children and families. For the system to work effectively, it is essential that everyone understands the contribution they can make and how those contributions work together to provide the best outcomes for children. Social workers, health professionals, police, educational staff and anyone else who works with children and their families, as well as members of the community, need to appreciate the important role they can play in remaining vigilant and providing robust support for child protection. Guidance provides the framework for that understanding. It enables managers and practitioners to apply their skills collectively and effectively and to develop a shared understanding of their common objective - to support and protect children, particularly those who are most vulnerable.
 
Natural Play Initiative - some planning and operating principles [Website]
 Most children prefer to play in a natural environment. This publication provides links to other publications from a variety of sources dealing with a range of issues around the natural play environment.
 
NCVYS Information Sheets [Website]
 An information sheet to signpost individuals to advice and course databases to help find a training course connected to working with young people.
 
New Guidance on Fire Safety for Childminders [Website]
 
 
Observation Guidelines: Observing the Social Aspects of Young Children's Play [Website]
 Unoccupied Behavior Look For: Failure to engage in any activity, either with or without another individual Aimless wandering Quiet sitting and staring
 
Ofsted - Child Care - Guide to the Child Care Register [Website]
 Guide downloadable in PDF and Word formats to situations of compulsory childcare registration where children aged 5-7 years are present.
 
Ofsted - Child Care - Registration: Situations where Registration is Not Required [Website]
 Guide in downloadable PDF and Word formats to situations where registration is not required e.g. because there are older children 8 years and over only present, and other exemptions. Also, re voluntary registration where it is not compulsory.
 
Ofsted Child care - Early Years Register [Website]
 Guidance, in download PDF or Word Format, on registration of child care for children aged under 5 years.
 
OP CRC: Toolkit on the complaints procedure to the CRC [Website]
 A children’s rights complaints mechanism at the UN has been a long time in the making. More than 20 years have passed since the Convention on the rights of the Child (CRC) entered into force, and almost every country in the world has now formally accepted its duty to respect and uphold children’s international human rights. The Committee on the Rights of the Child has, from the very beginning, had the authority to review how countries have met their children’s rights obligations. Yet unlike other UN human rights conventions, the Committee was powerless to provide child victims with redress when governments breached their rights.
 
Organising and Running Play Schemes For Children Aged 4 - 7 [Website]
 A play scheme is a planned programme of recreational activities for children outside of school. They usually run during school holidays and are centred around a designated 'base' which is available for the exclusive use of the group.
 
Out of School Alliance Information Packs [Website]
 We know how hard it is to track down all the information that you need when you're starting up an out of school club. To make your life easier we have pulled together packs of essential policies and forms that all clubs need. The documents are supplied as editable Word files so that it is easy to tailor them for your own setting and then print out as many copies as you need. Each pack is delivered via email as a downloadable .zip file so that you can access the template documentation immediately. OOSA members enjoy a 20% discount off all OOSA products.
 
OUTDOOR PLAY EQUIPMENT IN COMMERCIAL PREMISES - A SAFETY GUIDE FOR RESPONSIBLE PERSONS [PDF]
 The purpose of the guide is to give practical advice and guidance regarding the safety of play equipment and play areas provided by businesses such as public houses, restaurants, hotels and similar establishments and suggests how proprietors may meet their legal duties under the legislation. It seeks to do this by identifying the key points to consider when introducing play equipment and establishing a proper programme for its inspection, maintenance and repair. Pull out inspection checklists are available for you to use in the centre of this publication.
 
Outdoor play under threat from local facilities and funding cull [Website]
 A huge cut in spending on play facilities by councils over the past four years has led to scores of playgrounds closing and many staff losing their jobs, a CYP Now investigation can reveal. Responses to a Freedom of Information (FoI) request submitted to all local authorities reveals nearly one in three have removed some staffed and unstaffed play provision since 2010.
 
P 3 Trainers and Asssesors [Website]
 The trainers on this list are qualified and competent to teach the Playwork: Principles into Practice Level 2 qualification.
 
Participant research list [Website]
 List of research projects on aspects of children's play re Play England
 
Party ideas for childcare and activity settings [Website]
 Party ideas for childcare and activity settings This 4Children guide provides inspiration for different types of themed parties - a great way to get everyone involved! Whether it’s a summer party outdoors, a multicultural celebration or an event to inspire budding Olympic hopefuls – there are plenty of adaptable options to suit all ages and settings.
 
Permission to Play: Game Changing Research [Website]
 04/28/2011 11:30 AM Jane Gould, Senior Vice President, Consumer Insights, NickelodeonDescription: Are there now too many issues attached to the practice of play for it to be just plain fun? Nickelodeon executive Jane Gould describes a study on kids' play that reveals real tensions within the family on the subject. Although parents feel confused and conflicted, and kids stifled and controlled, families are managing to find some happy common ground as well.
 
Planning for Play [Website]
 Guidance on the development and implementation of a local play strategy
 
Play and Card [Website]
 Playboard Northern Ireland publication
 
Play and Health [Website]
 Written by Issy Cole-Hamilton, this CPIS factsheet outlines the extent to which the Government has acknowledged the value of play in children's health and describes some of the underpinning evidence to support these developments.
 
Play and Learning [Website]
 A Playboard Northern Ireland publication
 
Play and Mental Health at School - Play Scotland Information Sheet [Website]
 Reasons why children need to have ample time to play within the school day
 
Play and Social Inclusion [Website]
 Playboard Northern Ireland publication
 
Play and the Environment [Website]
 Playboard Northern Ireland publication
 
Play and the Plug [Website]
 A briefing and position statement on children's use of computer games and their relevance within play settings.
 
Play England Resources [Website]
 This section brings together the resources published and commissioned by Play England, as well as the information from the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), to support the playbuilder and play pathfinder programme. The Play Strategy Design for Play Play designers and landscape architects Mainstreaming inclusive play Adventure playgrounds
 
Play in Hospital [Website]
 Written by Norma Jun-Tai, this CPIS factsheet discusses the value of play and play opportunities for children in hospital, and outlines how to run a successful play programme.
 
Play provision, the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Ofsted Early Years Registration process in England [Website]
 This briefing is aimed at those offering play provision for children in the early years, from birth to the 31 August after their fifth birthday. It is a summary of the legal requirements as set out by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) that came into effect from September 2008.
 
Play Wales Library [Website]
 The Play Wales Library is based in Play Wales National Office in Cardiff Bay. We also have a smaller collection of reference books and resources in the Glyndŵr University library in Wrexham. We believe it is the most comprehensive collection of books on children's play and play provision in Wales. It is an essential resource for playworkers, teachers, trainers, students and anyone with an interest in children's play. They hold current and out-of-print material on a wide range of topics related to children and play - from play theory and child development, to building a tree house.
 
Play, playwork and food [Website]
  Play Wales, 2008 A briefing sheet on how to include food in a play setting
 
Playground Development Checklist [Website]
 This factsheet advises on what you need to think about when designing a playground.
 
Playground Safety [Website]
 The playground is a great place for children to make new friends, test their skills, and exercise. As a parent, you want to make sure the playground is safe for your child. The American Academy of Pediatrics has provided tips on what to look for when inspecting a playground in their article, Safety Tips for Home Playground Equipment and in their video, A Minute for Kids: Playground Safety.
 
Playground Safety - 10 Things You Should Know [Website]
 US-based company guidance
 
Playground safety activity sheets [Website]
 List of various PDF documents, mainly from US
 
Playground Safety for Children [Website]
 Are current playground safety standards adequate? AAA State of Play has come up with a nice infographic on Playground Injuries and how these can be prevented. For more information http://www.aaastateofplay.com/playground-surfacing/ American context.
 
Policy Delivery Through Playcare [Website]
 Playboard Sustainability Report
 
Possible Summers - Stories and Reflections from the Playground [Website]
 Some wonderful reflections from Eddie Nuttall here, gathered together and beautifully published. I haven’t read the concluding “Frames of Magic” yet. Great that there is so much being written online at the moment by playworkers about their role, their learning, and the qualities of playspaces. Thanks Eddie!
 
Practical Tips for Play rangers [Website]
 Part of the Play Rangers 'Practical tips' series from Play England and Playwork Partnerships, compiled by Dan Rees-Jones, a practicising play ranger. This briefing provides practice-focused advice and guidance to play rangers on outdoor play
 
Psychology of Right to Play [Website]
 Extensive list of PDF Titles. There will be a download fee payable
 
R (on the application of AARON HUNT) Appellant - v- NORTH SOMERSET COUNCIL Respondent [Website]
 Landmark judgment re failure to consult young people over cuts to youth services based on legal obligations in national law and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
 
RECENT PUBLICATIONS ABOUT PLAY [Website]
 It's difficult to think of an area of policy that does not somehow have an impact on play. Here are the latest publications from government, academic, research organisations and charities which relate to play in London.
 
Richer Play in Schools [Website]
 A guide for schools wishing to improve play opportunities for children and young people
 
Right to Play - PDF download list [Website]
 Useful list of PDF's for download - there will be registration and fee payable. Also, more downloads here.
 
Running a crèche [Website]
 Crèches and other childcare services are covered by the Childcare Act 2006 and are regulated by Ofsted. Some creches need to be registered with Ofsted, others do not. This document helps you work out which may apply in your situation.
 
Safe from Harm? [Website]
 This report looks at the regime introduced to protect the most vulnerable members of society in the aftermath of the Soham murders. It considers how effectively such a regime provides a safeguard and how the Coalition government proposes to reform it under Protection of Freedoms legislation. In compiling this report we submitted Freedom of Information requests to all local education authorities in England to get a picture of how many allegations of child abuse had been made in schools and how those allegations had been dealt with.
 
Scrapstores England and Wales [Website]
 This factsheet lists contact details of scrapstores in England and Wales. Updated annually
 
SCULPTURING WORDS [Website]
 The blog Sculpturing Words is closely related to the PhD-project with the same name. The project is about children’s meaning making during their explorative and creative play with three-dimensional materials in early childhood education.
 
Setting up a Holiday Club [Website]
 This article provides information about some of the issues that you need to consider if you are setting up a holiday club or playscheme from scratch. If you are already running an out of school club and just want to extend your existing provision to cover the school holidays, see the Extending your Provision page.
 
SkillsActive UK play and playwork education and skills strategy 2011- 2016 [Website]
 (This five-year strategy outlines SkillsActive's approach to developing the playwork workforce. It is founded on the principle of Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and it has been informed by the views of employers, practitioners and organisations across the UK
 
Sports and Recreation Safety Fact Sheet(2013) [Website]
 US publication - More than 2.6 million children ages 19 and under were seen in emergency departments for injuries related to sports and recreation. This includes sports,such as football and basketball, as well as activities,such as playing on a playground,scooter riding and trampolining.
 
Summary Report from the IPA Global Consultations on Children’s Right to Play (and link to full Report) [Website]
 Early in 2008 the International Play Association: Promoting the Child’s Right to Play (IPA) entered a partnership with seven other international organisations to propose that the UNCRC organise a Day of Discussion and/or develop a General Comment on article 31 for the purpose of elaborating on its meaning and increasing state accountability with regard to compliance.
 
The Childcare Act 2006 - Notes [Website]
 These explanatory notes relate to the Childcare Act 2006 which received Royal Assent on 11 July 2006. They have been prepared by the Department for Education and Skills in order to assist the reader in understanding the Act. They do not form part of the Act and have not been endorsed by Parliament. They provide a clause-by-clause analysis of e.g. registration requirements and of the duties of local authorities re child care.
 
THE PIN GREEN ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND - STEVENAGE. [Website]
  Stevenage was the very first of the constructed New Towns of Britain, primarily built to house post-war Londoners who had either lost their houses, or needed a boost in morale and a cleaner, safer alternative to London.The Town Centre in Stevenage was revolutionary, with the very first pedestrianized shopping centre in the country. It drew in visitors from several of the surrounding towns to do their shopping in style.
 
The Play and Playground Encycolpaedia [Website]
 From adventure playgrounds to zoos… The Play & Playground Encyclopedia is a wonderful resource for play and playground information. Designed to cover a broad range of topics, this encyclopedia offers valuable information about organizations, companies, and people who have contributed to the play and playground industries as well as listings about important issues regarding play, safety, and playground construction. Our writers are busy adding new content weekly. Check back with us often to see what has been added under “Latest Listings.” Or better yet, sign up for our weekly e-newsletter or click on the RSS feed to have the latest additions sent to you each week as they are added.
 
the play resource triangle [Website]
 - increasing play opportunities creatively, Play Wales, 2008. This briefing highlights the benefits to childrens play and play provision in Wales of toy and leisure libraries, scrapstores and mobile play provision - the play resource triangle.
 
The pocket guide to playwork [Website]
 (Defines play, playwork and playworkers, and sets out the playwork principles).
 
The price parents pay - sharing the costs of childcare [PDF]
 2001 - The Government’s National Childcare Strategy, launched in May 1998, presented an opportunity for more children and parents to access quality, affordable childcare services in the UK than ever before. Now, three years on, childcare is high up the political agenda but British parents continue to pick up most of the childcare bill despite the substantial sums of Government money being spent on childcare
 
The Proliferation of Juvenile Curfews [Website]
 Good analysis of youth curfews in the United States and of various legal challenges.
 
The role and performance of Ofsted [Website]
 Memorandum submitted by Daycare Trust to Parliament Many independent studies show that young children who spent time in nurseries and in other high quality early years settings have better social and learning outcomes at school and in later life – but only if these settings provide a good quality service. Ofsted inspections, against the criteria outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), are an essential part of quality control. However, Changes in staff and/or management can easily change the quality (and safety) of early years settings, thus inspections must continue to be made regularly. Daycare Trust recommends at least a two year inspection cycle for settings experiencing high staff turnover.
 
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: A guide for children and young people [Website]
 What Rights do Children have in Scotland
 
This guide aims to transform the design of play spaces. [Website]
 This guide aims to transform the design of play spaces.
 
This guide shows how play providers can replace current risk assessment practice with an approach that fully takes into account the benefits to children and young people of challenging play experiences. [Website]
 This guide shows how play providers can replace current risk assessment practice with an approach that fully takes into account the benefits to children and young people of challenging play experiences.
 
Toys and play for children who are blind or partially sighted [Website]
 (Gives advice on how to choose the right types of toys for children who are blind or partially sighted, and how to create a good play environment).
 
TRAINING ON HUMAN RIGHTS FOR YOUTH MEMBERS OF EUROPEAN ORGANIZATIONS [Website]
  TRAINING ON HUMAN RIGHTS FOR YOUTH MEMBERS OF EUROPEAN ORGANIZATIONShttp://humanrightsforyouth.org/ 2This training was created by a partnership of four European organizations with the financial help of the Council of Europe and the European Youth Foundation.
 
UK play and playwork education and skills strategy for 2011 – 2016 [Website]
 Skills Active is pleased to announce the release of our new UK playwork education and skills strategy for 2011 – 2016, which will replace the current UK strategy, ‘Quality Training, Quality Play’.
 
Urban Play Garden San Francisco USA [Website]
 "Our design strategy was inspired by the work of Tadao Ando, his beautifully clean, smooth, concrete walls and efficient use of space. We designed snap-tie concrete walls, colored to match the smooth stucco of the house, to retain the terraces and planting beds, visually extending the architecture into the garden. Italian granite, the flooring indoors, is continued outdoors in the steps that float down the slope, and in the seat of a bench that cantilevers from a concrete wall."
 
Using mechanisms of the United Nations to submit complaints alleging violations of children's rights [Website]
 When a country ratifies an international human rights treaty, it assumes a legal obligation to implement the rights recognised in that treaty. To provide a private enforcement action for these obligations, some human rights treaty bodies can receive complaints from individuals, groups or their representatives (including children) who claim that their rights have been violated by a State Party to a particular convention or covenant, provided that the State Party has recognised the competence of the committee to receive such complaints.
 
Vetting & Barring - Quick Summary of Recommendations [Website]
 Quick Summary of Recommendations of Sunita Mason’s review of the Criminal Records Regime & the Vetting & Barring Scheme VBS Review 11/2/11
 
Viewpoints on Children's Rights [Website]
 Series of papers 2007-2009
 
Violent Play in Children [Website]
 Play serves important functions for children. It contributes to the development of language, reasoning, locomotion, coordination, social skills and rule-governed behavior, as described at Questia and at American Academy of Pediatrics. Play provides children the opportunity to acquire skills, values and knowledge that they need to survive and thrive in their culture. As noted at Psychology Today, children's play cultivates attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that prepare children for adulthood. For this reason, many adults become concerned when they see children engage in violent play. Some parents and educators fret that children who engage in violent play are prepping themselves for later violence and aggression.
 
WATCH: Learn how to make play dough! [Website]
 Watch to see how easy it is to make your own play dough! Just follow this simple recipe and let the fun begin! Remember to ask a grown-up’s permission before making play dough.
 
We all need a policy on play [Website]
 By Gill Evans, information officer at Play Wales. The Welsh Assembly was the first national body to say that the opportunity for children to play is vital to the survival of humanity. Successive UK Governments have no been consistent on the need for such national policies on children's play. Or about resourcing of play.
 
What is a Disqualification Order? [Website]
 A Disqualification Order is an order handed down by the courts which disallows an individual - be they male or female - from working with children because of an offence they have committed previously.
 
What is Play [Website]
 A brief definition
 
What is Play? [Website]
 Written by Jenni Lindon, this CPIS factsheet looks at the definition of 'play'.
 
Where do children play? [Website]
 Written by Issy Cole-Hamilton, this CPIS factsheet is about the types of places children use for outdoor play
 
White Paper on Universal Credit: Written Evidence Submitted by Daycare Trust [Website]
 We believe that the availability and affordability of childcare play a crucial role in supporting parents to work, and that childcare must be seen as essential component of welfare reform, not a niche area that can be dealt with separately. Currently, 488,000 families receive support for childcare through Tax Credits, 64% of whom are lone parents. They receive an average of £67 per week (£70 for lone parents, £67 for couples).
 
Why playwork? [Website]
 This briefing sets out why play is important and how staffed play provision supports children in local communities to access their right to play in their own neighbourhood
 
Wikipaedia - Acceptable Behaviour Contrcats [Website]
 Entry dealing with ABCs and their legal basis
 
You Justice Board TV Series [Website]
 Up-loaded videos on youth justice issues and practice