Tools of the trade (page 2 of 3)
Here's a new section on the London Play website which will feature practical tools to help improve the play experience. Let us know about any useful tools you are aware of and we'll add them.
London Play's Play Street Pointers
These tip sheets for play street organisers will help keep things interesting, well-managed and fun. We hope you find them useful - but remember we are always at the end of a phone if you need any extra advice, support or just a chat - we've encountered most play street scenarios somewhere along the line.
Watch out for further additions to the series too - and if you have any ideas for what to add, please let us know. If you would like hard copy laminated versions of these please email us.
This fifth edition of Quality in Play has been launched as a free downloadable quality assurance system to support supervised play and childcare provision for school-aged children. It takes providers through a clear and systematic process, assessing every aspect of quality play provision. Whether starting out or well-established, working in the voluntary public or private sectors, Quality in Play is an essential tool for every play and childcare provider.
London Play and partners
Over the years, London Play has produced various guides on play using natural elements - fire, wood, earth, water. Some have not been updated for a while but the advice in them still holds true. They include advice on tree swings, playing with fire and fallen trees as climbing structures. Click here to see what's on offer.
Play Safety Forum
This form is designed to support a balanced approach to risk management using the process of risk-benefit assessment. It is aimed at those involved in providing play opportunities in a range of contexts, including play areas, public parks, green spaces, out-of-school childcare settings, playwork settings, schools and early years services. It builds on the guidance document Managing Risk in Play Provision: Implementation guide (2nd edition), published in 2013 by the Play Safety Forum with Play England, Play Wales, Play Scotland and PlayBoard Northern Ireland.
A worked example of the form can be accessed here.