Playground claim thrown out in landmark court judgement

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Thanks to Tim Gill at Rethinking Childhood for this: Posted on February 22, 2016 | A claim for compensation after a playground accident has been rejected in a precedent-setting legal case in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. The civil claim was made against the municipality of Saanich, following an accident during a game of ‘grounders’ (a chase game played on and around fixed play equipment that my daughter and her London friends would know better as ‘off-ground touch’). The accident happened in 2009 when the claimant, Rebecca Thompson, was eleven years old and had been attending a day camp […]

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Developing and Managing Play Spaces community toolkit

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  Play Wales have recently published a Developing and Managing Play Spaces community toolkit. ‘It was designed for anyone who takes responsibility for managing or developing a play space in a community. This may be a community council, local play association or a residents group.’   The toolkit is intended to provide a single source of support and signposting for community groups to navigate some of the challenges of managing or developing a play space. It is a highly comprehensive document, covering areas such as information on play space design, management and development, step-by-step guides and how it all comes under the children’s rights […]

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The 14th National Playwork conference

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It’s just a few weeks away now. There are a wealth of sessions covering the Power of Play, adventure playgrounds, Playwork Theory, Art and many other areas. For more information go to http://www.playworkconferences.org.uk/. or email them to book your place info@playworkconferences.org.

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Parks for teens: 10 features teens want to see

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In many parts of the world, park designers have turned to nature play as a way to foster connections to nature, increase social and cooperative play, and facilitate more physical activity.  In many instances, these parks are designed for pre-teen children.    Follow this link for some ideas on how to make parks for teenagers.

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People and Places to Play – Peter Heseltine Memorial Lectures

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The International Play Association, EWNI (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) branch, is hosting a series of FREE lectures to celebrate the career and memory of one of its life members who died in June 2013 – Peter Heseltine. Schedule: Rob Wheway Monday 12 October 2015, 10:00am – 12:00pm @ Brown’s Field Youth and Community Centre: Cambridge   Mick Conway Thursday 15 October 2015, 9:30am – 11:30am @ Leeds Beckett University: Leeds   Mick Conway Friday 16 October 2015, 10:00am – 12:00pm @ Malone House: Belfast   Professor Fraser Brown Monday 12 October 2015, 5:00 pm – 7:00pm @ Holiday Inn: […]

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SAPCA Guidance Note: The Legal Regulations Governing The Handling and Disposal of Synthetic Turf

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Following the first meeting last week of our Recycling Working Group there is a new Guidance Note from SAPCA on the subject of the “The Legal Regulations Governing the Handling and Disposal of Synthetic Turf Sports Surfaces”. This is a link the document: SAPCA Guidance Note on Handling & Disposal of Synthetic Turf (Ed 1, Sept 2015)

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Symplaysium @ The Tetley in Leeds

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  Saturday 26 September 11am – 4pm A one-day symposium on play, creativity and public space and launch of the Think.Play.Do. publication. With contributions from speakers including Lesli Godfrey, Nils Norman and Charles Quick. Places are FREE but limited, so please book early through www.thetetley.org . This event is part of Tetley’s Summer Of Play. #SummerOfPlay

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Den Building Festival @ The Tetley in Leeds

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Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 August, 11am – 6pm This fun event returns to The Tetley for a second year. Prizes are awarded for the best dens, though you’ll have to go some to beat the trains, pirate ships and castles that made last year’s event so extraordinary. In the event of bad weather, we’ll take the action indoors. All materials are provided.   Taken from: The Tetley.  

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Playgrounds from recycled materials – We love the work of Basurama!

Spanish collective Basurama’s vision “revolves around the reflection of trash, waste and reuse in all its formats and possible meanings”. For an orphanage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Basurama used discarded scrap metal from old swingsets, cribs and beds to make bright yellow ladders and hexagons and covered them with pallets for climbing.  Note the nice details of a sun shade made from billboard advertisements and the chalkboard backing on the lower hexagons!  In Maputo, Mozambique they enlivened the dusty schoolyard with large geometric pallet-houses and smaller elements community-built from car tires recovered in the surrounding neighborhood. And in Malabo, Equatorial New Guinea […]

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Spirit of play conference is coming!

Book your place now! Join the annual Spirit conference which is now in its fourteenth year. A day packed full of inspiring keynote speeches, lively discussions and workshops for anyone with an interest in or a responsibility for children’s play. Confirmed speakers: • Judith Hackitt, Chair of the Health and Safety Executive • Professor David Ball, Middlesex University (co-author of Managing Risk in Play Provision: Implementation guide • Lesley Griffiths AM, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty • Dr Mike Shooter, former President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Workshop details to follow. Keep an eye on our website and […]

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