Play policy & philosophy
American Journal of Play
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.
Community Playthings: learning library
Loads of great learning resources, case studies and articles on outdoor, creative and open-ended play from this site selling play equipment.
First Discoverers – playing & learning outdoors
Range of guides and articles on benefits & theories of outdoor play, and planning your outdoor time.
FIT Fields in Trust
Defending access to free, local outdoor space for sport, play and recreation. A huge range of information including: Research reports and Guidance for Outdoor Sport & Play. Have a Field Day to #LoveYourLocalPark on 6 July.
Free Play Network
Independent voice for play. ‘We believe that children have a right to play & that play should be free for all. We aim to bring together everyone who values play.’ Inspiring online photo exhibition of play places across the world.
IPA Declaration of the Child’s Right to Play
‘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.’
Jan White: Natural Play
Very experienced, skilled and passionate practitioner and author on working outdoors with young children – research, articles, courses and more.
Outdoor Matters from Gail Ryder Richardson
Experienced early years practitioner promoting the importance of the outdoor environment for young children’s play, learning & development.
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.
SkillsActive: playwork national occupational standards
‘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.’