Outdoor play helps transition from early years to
Research funded by the ESRC shows that outdoor play and learning
can make an important contribution to helping children make the
transition from early years education into primary school.
According to the project's findings, pupils' opportunities to spend
time outdoors decline sharply as they move from early years
education into more formal schooling.
The study highlights the potential for some of the tensions
created by formal classroom learning to be mitigated by the more
independent, less supervised periods children spend playing
Parents told that watching TV will not harm their
According to the biggest British study of its kind into TV viewing
habits and childhood mental health, young children who watch three
hours or more of television a day are at no greater risk of
hyperactivity or emotional problems that other children. The
findings are published in theArchives of Disease in Childhood and
are freely available as an open access article.
Latest issue of American Journal of
The latest issue of American Journal of Play is now available to
download online - for free. Articles in this issue include:
The why, how and what of a museum of play: an interview with
George Rollie Adams
Children's thinking styles, play, and academic
performancePlayful learning and Montessori Education
Association of Play Industries membership
The new 2013 directory provides a useful guide to designers,
manufacturers, installers, distributors and inspectors of outdoor
and indoor play equipment and play safety surfacing. As well as
details of API members, topics covered include: what
to ask play space suppliers; play surfacing; the lowdown on the
UK's leading play organisations; PlayFair at Saltex; play space
inspections; and the indoor play sector.