Fair Play for Children News Children’s Play and Youth Work January-May 2022

Eden Project installs plastic grass to stop children getting muddy ….

see story below ….

Children playing around the World ….

Equal Play in Northern Ireland?
Children in NI face ‘the best and the worst’ in play provision

We recently launched the Equal Play campaign, based on new research which showed that access to public play spaces in the UK is unfair and unequal. In response to requests for more local data, we are sharing maps outlining the state of play in each of the four nations, the third of which is Northern Ireland.

API Chair, Mark Hardy says:

The average number of children per playground in Northern Ireland is 447. However, a more detailed look at the data reveals as much inequity in play provision in NI as anywhere else in the UK, with some areas having over 900 children per playground. The data shows that children who live in the most densely populated areas in Northern Ireland have the worst access to outdoor play spaces.”

Children from … Finland, Sweden, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Germany …. Together, as they should be …..

‘It’s heartbreaking’: adventure playgrounds disappearing across England

Why Covid Inquiry must look at impact on children — Playing Out

The state of play in Wales: from API
Data shows ‘postcode lottery’ of play opportunities

Last month we launched our Equal Play campaign based on new research which showed that access to public play spaces in the UK is unfair and unequal. In response to requests for more local data, we are sharing maps outlining the state of play in each of the four nations, the second of which is Wales.

API Chair, Mark Hardy says: “Public playgrounds are the number one location for children’s play* and overall, Welsh children have access to over twice the number of playgrounds than children in London. However, the devil is in the detail and a closer look at the data reveals just how patchy play provision in Wales is.

“Some areas such as Monmouthshire, Ceredigion and Conwy enjoy some of the best play provision in the UK, with 149, 157 and 172 children per playground respectively. At the other extreme, children in Denbighshire endure rates — 876 children per playground — in line with the very worst areas of the UK. Children in Neath Port Talbot and Cardiff are also at a huge disadvantage with rates around 600 children per playground”.

*away from the home setting

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Schools White Paper
Play and sports overlooked

The Youth Sport Trust have responded to the Government’s new Schools White Paper, following its publication on 28 March by the Department for Education.

Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Ali Oliver MBE, said:

“This White Paper represents a huge missed opportunity at a time when there is an urgent need for a change of approach to build back healthier, happier and more resilient young people following the pandemic.

“There is a long overdue need to recognise the fundamental role that play, sport and physical activity should fulfil in every child’s education and development.”

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Movement Helps
Kids Sit Still

By Preston Blackburn

Wiggly worm. Squirm bucket. Ants in the pants, heebie-jeebies, the jumps, the fidgets, all over the place, pants on fire.

Describes kids right? Kids move, whether we want them to or not. For a child, sometimes sitting still is an insurmountable task. Whether it is at the dinner table, sitting in church, waiting in line, sitting in circle time, waiting for directions. Kids can be one ball of motion.

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Young People from Europe sharing and working Together

Is your local area doing enough to support young people?

The latest picture of youth services funding is deeply concerning: a dramatic fall in spend per head, cuts of more than £1bn in a decade and a postcode lottery.

But where does your local area rank when compared with the rest of England and Wales?

Coping through play activities during the pandemic

https://playgroundprofessionals.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ac6ec19af66f3318fa67c26fe&id=e7591a7303&e=f6d73f99cf

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-022-12750-8&ct=ga&cd=CAEYACoTNzU1MDMwNTYwMjgxMDM1MTM2ODIaMDFkNTkwOTNkOGY4YzQyZDpjb206ZW46VVM&usg=AFQjCNEGK4OfmUqngrglBKEdYH86ErzIjw

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/department-for-education-wales-children-government-east-of-england-b982553.html

Children Playing Around the World

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.wfmz.com/news/pr_newswire/pr_newswire_entertainment/sing-to-say-uses-music-to-teach-language-to-children-with-autism/article_7f0bc7d7-c4ca-5899-8c9e-a8961b555784.html&ct=ga&cd=CAEYBSoUMTAwMDcwNDA4NjE1Nzg3MTcyMzMyGjhmZjI1NGVkZTE5ODk0NzE6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNF0q7c6l19zlEhTsD4FeesVKRGm-A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrDGVsWHD5o

Croydon Hospital children’s play unit reach £50k milestone

https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/3-ways-lack-of-play-affects-children

Pearson BTEC Level 2 Technical Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development

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

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Jan Cosgrove

Jan Cosgrove

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