Fair Play for Children News — Children’s Play and Youth Work

Jan Cosgrove
69 min readFeb 13, 2024


including Children’s Play, Sport, Arts, Recreation, Creativity, Cultural, Music, Youth Clubs, Youth Work

Fair Play for Children website: http://www.fairplay31.online/index.html

Palestinian children play(ed) on the beach ….

The POWER of Play — Boy finds solace in kites amidst war devastation — WATCH HERE

Read recent edition to 8th February 2024

2nd May 2024

Did you see the absolute LEGEND that is Ross Kemp talking about play streets on BBC Breakfast this morning?!


‘Play risk’ tree stump will be fenced off — Stuff

These North Jersey parks and playgrounds will get upgrades thanks to grants.

24th April 2024

The Consequences of Play Deprivation


transcosmos enhances ESG initiatives in South Korea, creates a playground for kids

JBLM elevates playtime with new challenge course playground | Article — Army.mil

Dan Deming: Too early to scrap city playground equipment? — The Hutchinson News

Have a Go Southland: New initiative aims to keep children playing sport — Stuff

Former special public prosecutor for the Enforcement Directorate, Nitesh Rana Appointed Chairperson of STAIRS Foundation’s “Right to Play” Commission

Children’s Books: Shakespeare the Storyteller — WSJ

16th April 2024

Edinburgh International Children’s Festival 2024 …

Bulletproof park proposed for Mitchells Plain to protect children — Cape Town ETC

Parents hit back at council following ‘disappointing’ play equipment — Bracknell News

Does your child play baseball? They could be at increased risk for elbow injuries. — YouTube

Inside the Orchestra brings music to kids — YouTube

Children play in rubble of Gaza for Eid holiday | The Mercury

10th April 2024

Banksy on Gaza, War

Play is vital for children’s health, development and friendships — so why has spending on outdoor playgrounds been slashed?


The Benefits of Outdoor Play: Why It Matters

Play is the work of the child | Health — Galveston County Daily News

Children’s creative participation as a precursor of 21st century skills in Finnish early ..

Children’s Museum celebrates young kids — Brookings Register

5th April 2024

From fun to function: PPGIS unlocks the power of play in cities — ScienceDirect

‘Kingdom of Play’ Review: Animals Just Want to Have Fun — WSJ

Reviving the lost art of child rights-based approaches

Redefining early education: Woodlands Forest School invites families to discover the academic benefits of nature, play and creativity


Buckinghamshire residents can apply for street closures to encourage children’s play

Sport and Resilience: Empowering Children through Movement

30th March 2024

UN Signals Importance of Play by Adopting Official International Day of Play

In June 2024 at our Triennial Conference, IPA World members voted unanimously to support advocacy for a UN declared International Day of Play.

To drive this ambition forward, the International Play Association (IPA World) was part of a dedicated network of global organisations, play experts and, most importantly, children & youth themselves, who called on UN member states to support the resolution for an International Day of Play.

We are proud to announce that on Monday 25 March 2024, the UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution to hold an annual international awareness day for play.

The INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PLAY will be held on JUNE 11, 2024 and annually thereafter.

A special thanks to all the partners who worked on this from across the corporate and NGO sector and especially the children and young people across the world who contributed to surveys and workshops and the call to action from Children.

Play Aotearoa Play Australia Playright Children’s Play Association International Play Association — IPA Scotland International Play Association (IPA)International Play Association — Canada International Play Association — Northern Ireland International Play Association — USA Ipa Argentina: Asociación Internacional por el Derecho del Niño/a a jugar International Play Association — India. IPA-India. Play Wales Ipa Canada

Play is vital for children’s health, development and friendships — so why has spending on outdoor playgrounds been slashed?

How The Starlight Children’s Foundation Works With Brands To Unleash The Healing Power Of Play

21st March 2024

City of Abilene unveils completed ADA-accessible playground at Arthur Sears Park

Mumbai’s Children’s Play Museum Playseum adds exciting new exhibits Ninjago Dojo and Build-YourOwn Coaster for curious little minds

Re-thinking local: youth services

​Investing in children’s play spaces — Angus Robertson — The Scotsman

Children’s Healing Center: Pop-Up Play on March 21 — YouTube

Registration for April’s Play for All event at Chicago Children’s Museum is now … — Instagram

14th March 2024

Trends in funding levels for youth services

Utah Family Sues School District Over Son’s Fatal Playground Accident, Cites Safety Failures

Ready for Im-peck-able Fun at the First All-Inclusive Playground in East San José

After five years of delays, $7m playground is popular

Kids’ Screen Time May Foster Greater Creativity | Mirage News

A Plan for Play — final illustrated

​Investing in children’s play spaces — Angus Robertson — The Scotsman

8th March 2024

Keeping Canberra’s playgrounds safe — ACT Government

Fading Fun: The Critical Mission To Keep American Kids at Play

Lalo is giving old toys new life with its new takeback program — Fast Company

1st March 2024

All abilities welcome at new inclusive play place

Trends in funding levels for youth services — The House of Commons Library

24th February 2024


Play Deficit in Temporary Housing May Hinder Child Development | Mirage News

Youth services ‘not a luxury’, says YMCA as it calls for greater funding | The Independent

13th February 2024

30 play parks across Milton Keynes set for improvements by summer 2024

Majority of parents would let their children play tackle football if they wanted to

‘Numerous hazards.’ Barnstable closes popular Centerville playground

Play’s Role in Breaking Violence Cycle: LOVE is Key, McGill Finds | Mirage News

Playmobil switches to bio-attributed plastic for entire toddler portfolio

£250 million now allocated on youth investment in UK areas of need



Jan Cosgrove

National Secretary of Fair Play for Children, Also runs Bognor Regis Herald online. Plus runs British Music Radio online