New guidance on planning for play will 'create environments where children can thrive'
Wednesday 7 October 2009
New guidance published today by Play England,
Embedding The Play Strategy, will assist local decision
makers to put children's play at the heart of their local
communities. The guidance shows how improving and developing play
space and considering children's needs within the wider environment
can benefit children, families and whole communities.
The guidance offers a recommended process for local authorities
and their partners to work together across a range of services, to
plan for play provision and child-friendly space, as a key to the
government's aim to make England this best place in the world to
grow up. The proposed process follows the planning and
commissioning model recommended to Children's Trusts to ensure an
integrated approach to improving outcomes for children. Good play
opportunities have been shown to benefit children across each of
the Every Child Matters outcomes.
The guidance, available free to download from the Play England
website, will be open for consultation until the end of October.
Play England is encouraging responses from Directors of Children's
Services, Children's Trusts, those working in the voluntary and
play sectors, as well as members of wider strategic partnerships
such as commissioning, planning, transport, health, housing,
schools, police, leisure and landscape architects. Play England
will present the guidance and the consultation responses to
government for consideration.
Adrian Voce, Director of Play England, said: 'The national Play
Strategy is about developing public space that is safer and more
accessible to children, as well as ensuring that they have good
places to play. The recent government investment has stimulated
much activity in this area, which needs to be sustained over the
years to come. It is even more important in times of economic
hardship to ensure that all children grow up in environments where
they can thrive. This guidance outlines the important steps for
local authorities and their partners to embed this aim within their
policy and planning frameworks.'