Tools of the trade (page 3 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.
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.
Designed by Inclusive Play in association with Kids: the disabled children's charity
A recognised resource as part of the UK government's Accessible Britain Challenge, PiPA is a tool to help you design and assess new or existing play areas. PiPA will help you understand a wide range of disabilities without being an expert, ensuring you offer the best inclusive provision. PiPA is broken down into five key areas to help you understand what parents with disabled children have to consider before planning a trip to a play area. With this information it makes it a lot easier to design more inclusively and assess existing provision. Try it out on a new design or take it to your local park to see how inclusive your community play area is.
Access it via this link
Powerpoint presentation by David Whitebread Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
Some great facts and figures to make the case for extending informal play-based education.
Part of the Early Childhood Movement's 'Too Much Too Soon' resource pack, you can access the presentation on their website here.