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Play in the media


Here is a summary of the latest play related articles and blogs to be published online.

Quarter of children in north Wales overweight or obese
BBC news

Action to reduce the number of obese children in north Wales by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board includes promoting outdoor play. According to a report to be considered by the Board, nearly 30 percent of four and five-year olds are overweight, including twelve percent who are obese. The Board has drafted a three-year plan that promotes the national guidelines on childhood obesity, including ensuring children play outside every day, limiting screen time and having enough sleep.

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Outdoor learning grows in Scotland as grasp of benefits takes root
The Guardian (Libby Brooks)

Outdoor learning in Scotland is on the rise as teachers and policymakers see the benefits of education outside the classroom. The increase of popularity comes after evidence suggesting several physical and mental advantages of being outside for children. The rest of the UK has also seen a rise in outdoor learning – including forest schools, teacher training and campaigns celebrating the benefits of outdoor education.

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Tes talks to…Anthony Pellegrini
Tes (Helen Amass)

According to educational psychologist Anthony Pellegrini, play should be reserved for the playground and not included in school lessons. Bringing play into a lesson is suggesting children need to play for a reason – to develop skills and learning, while play should happen without the need of an end goal. It’s suggested that instead of play, teachers could recreate an environment of unstructured break time during lessons, allowing children to develop social skills.

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What the (young) people want: A Q&A with Setha Low
Project for Public Spaces (Katherine Peinhardt)

Setha Low, cultural anthropologist and professor at The Graduate Center, City University of New York answers questions on how to make public spaces appealing to young people. According to her research, young people want spaces that allow for privacy and inclusion and stated that in the US, privatisation is one of the main factors pushing young people out of public space. For young people to have an impact they need to organise and become part of the public space design process.

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Mums the Word on The Mount
Pembrokeshire County Council

Five mothers from The Mount Estate, Milford Haven organise play sessions to ensure children in the area can continue to access play opportunities. The group volunteered to undertake necessary qualifications to arrange play events for the estate’s children and families when previous play sessions came to an end.

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More articles and blogs:

  • Last kindergarten in the woods?
    Rethinking Childhood (Tim Gill)

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  • The Adventures of Pop-Up Adventure Play
    Pop-up Adventure Play (Morgan)

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  • MPs call for extension of 30 hours childcare to all children
    Children and Young People Now (Joe Lepper)

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  • Active Journeys
    Play England (Sophie Bolt)

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  • University recruits ‘pint-sized’ experts to design new playground
    Child in the City (Simon Weedy)

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  • The school where the girls yell and the boys run the play-kitchen
    The Irish Times

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  • Why I’m proud to be not hands-on, a ‘free-range’ parent
    inews (Susie Mesure)

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  • Utah Just Passed America’s First ‘Free-Range Parenting’ Law
    Huffington Post (Dominique Morsbergen)

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  • What To Say Instead Of "Be Careful"
    Teacher Tom Blog

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  • Ofsted says settings are 'not physical enough'
    Nursery World (Katy Morton)

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  • How You Can Turn Your Backyard Into an Adventure Playground
    Parents (Riyana Straetker)

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  • Doctors Prescribe Outdoor Activity With NaturePHL Program
    Children’s Hospital Association

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