September 2013 I Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years
PACEY's research report considers what the term “school ready” means for childcare professionals, parents and primary school teachers. It reveals among other things, that these groups consider that reading and writing are not as important as children being confident, independent and curious - and that teachers and childcare professionals in particular believe there needs to be greater emphasis on play.
Play Wales, August 2013
This information sheet explores the attitudinal, environmental and institutional barriers that face disabled children and young people accessing play provision – and how we as play providers and playworkers can overcome them. It also includes the latest policy information and case studies.
January 2014 I Department for Communities and Local Government
This step-by-step guide provides practical advice for anyone looking to hold a street party, whether it is to celebrate a national or local event, or just to get together with neighbours. It addresses some of the popular myths surrounding street parties and sets the record straight on what is actually needed (including on road closures, charges, playing music and insurance) as well as providing links to organisations who offer advice and support to people planning their own street parties.
December 2013 I Play Safety Forum
A fully revised 2nd edition of the Play Safety Forum's 'Managing Risk in Play Provision' explains how play providers can take a sensible approach to managing risk, which allows children to experience challenging play opportunities while keeping them safe from danger. The ground-breaking publication is based on the premise that an element of risk in play is inevitable and can actually be beneficial to children. Risk helps children to explore their limitations and develop resilience. It is available on the Play England website.
December 2013 I The King's Fund
This online resource highlights to local authorities how investing in the right public health interventions can provide excellent value for money as well as improving the health and wellbeing of communities. It identifies nine key areas that can improve public health and reduce inequalities - including improving access to parks and open spaces. It says that increasing access to parks and open spaces would create more opportunities for creative ‘play’ among children, as well as better educational performance, and reduce the cost to the NHS of treating obesity by more than £2bn. A companion report is also available.
November 2013 I Children's Rights Alliance of England
This review of government progress during 2013 in implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in England finds that economic pressures have been used to justify a serious erosion of children’s economic and social rights, such as health, food and the right to play. In particular it highlights "significant deterioration" in law or policy relating to Article 31 of the UNCRC (children's right to play and leisure) over the past year.
Access the full report here.
In September 2013 the International Play Association (IPA) launched a worldwide campaign to build awareness and understanding of the importance of play in the life of all children. It aims to break down the increasing barriers in children’s living conditions that have a negative impact on children’s space and time for play. Play Wales has developed some child friendly resources to illustrate the importance of Article 31 of the UNCRC. They can be downloaded here
15 January 2014 I Greater London Authority
Draft Further Alterations to the London Plan (FALP) have been published for a twelve week period of public consultation. Chapter 3 is of most relevance to play - however no major changes have been proposed to the wording here. FALP have been prepared primarily to address key housing and employment issues emerging from an analysis of census data released since the publication of the London Plan in July 2012, and which indicate a substantial increase in the capital’s population. For more information and how to contribute click here
February 2014 I Departments of Education/for Work and Pensions
This document sets out what action the government plans to take from 2014 to 2017 to reduce child poverty. Specifically it looks to address "attainment gaps" in the early years.. On top of existing provision, it commits £760m to provide additional funded early years education places for 260,000 disadvantaged two year olds. The government will also provide free school meals for all infant children from September 2014.
Click here for the full document.
March 2014 I Children's Rights Alliance of England
This report is the result of a year-long project examining the extent to which public bodies in London are ensuring that children enjoy their rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). It includes a look at the extent to which children in London enjoy their rights in six key areas, including the right to play, culture and rest.
It can be accessed here
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