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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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Children’s litter pick receives award from Lord Major

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Volunteers, community groups and local workers from Burngreave were celebrated at a special Town Hall event last week. Hosted by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Talib Hussain, and local ward councillors, over 130 people came to see 43 nominees receive their awards for their commitment and outstanding contribution to the Burngreave community. Councillor Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families and local ward member at Sheffield City Council, said: “What a wonderful evening – celebrating and honouring so many Burngreave people – young, old, from different backgrounds, volunteers, community groups and businesses who are all committed, and give […]

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Power to the Playful: Play Conference 16th May

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Monday 16 May 2016 at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum Eureka loves play. Seriously, they are HUGE fans. Join them for a day celebrating play! They’ll be exploring the pivotal role that play and happiness has in child (and grown up) development with eminent academics, practitioners and thinkers, all here at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum – where they’ve been busy playing since 1992. Hear a variety of perspectives on play and have a bit of fun in the process (after all, they’d be hypocrites if they didn’t build in a bit of playtime). Confirmed speakers are: Juliette Yardley, Laughology […]

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Street Play Workshop 19th March

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Photograph courtesy of Helen Forman   When: Saturday, 19 March 2016 from 10:30 to 13:00 – Add to Calendar Where: Leeds Play Network – Unit, 5 The Courtyard, 110-118 Church Street Hunslet LS10 2JA GB – View Map   Street play provides children with the opportunity to play freely and safely on their own doorstep and provides numerous benefits for both children and adults alike. Leeds Play Network is currently working with Play England on the Street Play Active, Healthy Communities project funded by the Department of Health to provide support and advice to residents and organisations interested in street […]

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Neil Griffiths comes to Eureka! 25th May

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You’re Never Too Old To Play, Wednesday 25 May 2016 Eureka are excited to welcome world renowned educator Neil Griffiths to Eureka! to offer primary teachers a packed day of professional development. Neil, the creator of the acclaimed Storysack phenomenon is a former Primary School Headteacher and a director of the National Literacy Support Project. Read more about Neil Griffiths on his website. – See more here. This highly practical day will explore the important contribution role-play can make across all subjects in Key Stage 2. And as well as working with Neil, you’ll also hear from experts at Eureka! […]

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50 Reasons to Believe in the Power of Play

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Do you believe in the power of play? When it comes to a child’s physical, emotional, and cognitive growth, nothing is more enriching and empowering than playtime. The magic of play can unfold anywhere as long as children have the freedom to unleash their imaginations – on the playground, deep in the woods, nestled in the sandbox, or inside cardboard boxes! This info-graphic from Playground Equipment provides a fun and colorful assortment of reasons to believe in the power of play and to stand up for it across the globe.  

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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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Bold move to kickstart an outdoor play renaissance in Canada from Tim Gill

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Tim Gill reported on his blog last week the Lawson Foundation, a Canadian family foundation, launched an ambitious outdoor play strategy with the announcement of $2.7 million (£1.3 million; $US 1.9 million) in funding for 14 projects. The strategy has an explicit and exclusive focus on unstructured outdoor play. Tackling risk aversion is a prominent theme, building on the Foundation’s recent support for a groundbreaking consensus position statement [pdf link] whose key message is that the biggest risk is keeping kids indoors. The breadth of the programme is striking, with a bold mix of approaches, disciplines and geographical coverage. The projects cover community action, […]

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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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