External Links: outdoor play
Muddy Faces is all about getting outdoors with your groups, families and friends. The outdoors is the perfect setting for child-led, exploratory play.
We have compiled a list of interesting & inspiring websites on outdoor play, including the main governing bodies, national organisations and initiatives – many are directly related to working & playing outdoors, some have a wider remit or are included because we think they may be helpful to know about.
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We do our best to keep these links up to date, but policies and focus in this area often change. If you find any broken or outdated links or have something you think should be added, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘links’ in the subject line. Thank you.
Dedicated to exploring how babies, pre-schoolers and young children learn, their developmental and learning processes and how we can help them to develop their mental, physical and emotional skills in a fun and enjoyable manner.
Membership organisation offering training, publications, family learning programmes, info & advice to professionals & parents, and campaigning to positively influence childcare policy and practice.
Using the power of play to educate & empower children and young people all over the world – specially designed games provide disadvantaged children with a quality education, positive health practices & conflict resolution skills
Resource which aims to support all daycare services across Scotland deliver more outdoor play to youngsters. Examples of outdoor-based childcare and play, and policies re risk etc.
Works with schools, early years settings & organisations to improve the quality of outdoor play for children. Lots of useful free resources. “We create happier playtimes, better play spaces & enable staff to support outdoor learning”
Provides information and support to individuals and organisations setting up and running out of school clubs, including breakfast clubs, afterschool clubs, holiday clubs and playschemes.
Independent charity & lead organisation for the development & promotion of children & young people’s play in Northern Ireland. Loads of stuff on policy & play, for practitioners and parents.
Raise awareness of children & young people’s need & right to play and promote good practice at all levels & in every place children might play. Useful resources on philosophy of play & playwork.
‘The National Wildlife Federation, America’s largest and most trusted conservation organization, works across the country to unite Americans from all walks of life in giving wildlife a voice.’ Their Green Hour program aims to encourge everyone to ‘adopt a goal of an hour per day of time for children to play and learn outdoors in nature.’ Check out the Green Hour tips and resources.
Forum for discussing the history, science & culture of play. Aims to increase awareness and understanding of the role of play in learning and human development and the ways in which play illuminates cultural history.
World-wide community of 10,000+ playwork practitioners, trainers, development and support workers, authors, academics and theorists which exists to promote playwork theory and practice.
‘Originally produced in Nov 1977 in preparation for the International Year of the Child (1979)… should be read in conjunction with Article 31 of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states that the child has a right to leisure, play & participation in cultural & artistic activities.’
How play providers can replace current risk assessment practice with an approach that fully takes into account the benefits to children & young people of challenging play experiences. From Play England.
Independent play consultancy working in design, planning, policy, strategy, etc to address the policy & practices that affect planning & delivery of the best possible play opportunities. Articles on risk, play equipment, play strategies etc.
Cutting edge play and playwork training and education for playworkers, childcare and early years workers, on the practice and study of playwork from academic and play practitioner Bob Hughes.
‘Playworkers can use these standards to compare their performance to nationally developed benchmarks of good practice & to be clear about what they need to achieve. Playwork organisations can also use them to inform the deployment of playworkers & playwork specific training & education.’
Trade body representing the interests of manufacturers, installers, designers and distributors of both indoor and outdoor children’s play equipment and play area surfacing.
Representing European manufacturers & distributors of outdoor & indoor play equipment and safety surfacing – aim to ‘raise awareness of the importance of children’s play for the wellbeing of children at a European level.’