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Here’s the lowdown on what’s happening right now with play in London… along with news from beyond the M25 that might affect how, where and how often children play within its confines. If you want news direct to your inbox, sign up for our monthly London Playwire.

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London is set to become 'Britain's biggest playground' this summer as mayor Sadiq Khan launches a search for five special kids to become London's first Mayors of Play and London Play brings 'Formula Fun' go kart action to the city streets.

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London Play has supported a successful resident-led campaign to overturn a decision by Croydon Council to introduce charges for children playing in the street.

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London Play is one of  many organisations behind a campaign to ensure that every child has the space, time, and freedom to play this summer as Covid-19 restrictions are eased. Can you sign the #SummerOfPlay pledge?

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London Play will be bringing joy back to the city streets this summer as part of the Mayor's 'Let's Do London' campaign, to encourage Londoners and visitors back into the capital.

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The number of children seeking help for mental health problems increased by 28% during the pandemic, new figures have revealed.

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The Scottish government has pledged £20m in funding to ensure that children have a Summer of Play to help address the impacts associated with extended periods of isolation and reduced participation in normal activities.

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The team behind Hackney Playbus has raised more than £30,000 to build a new travelling play centre to provide free support to the borough’s children and families.

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A national ‘observatory’ of children’s play experiences during Covid-19 is being led by academics at UCL and the University of Sheffield.

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Four out of five parents support education catch up policies to support their children's wellbeing according to the IFS.

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Parents are worried that the loss of freedom to play during the pandemic could have a long term impact on their children.

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As children return to school today after an enforced absence of more than two months, the sacrifices that they have made during the coronavirus pandemic are high on the public radar.

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London Play has joined academics and other play campaigners in calling on the government to support 'a summer of play' to help children recover from the stress of lockdown and a year of Covid upheaval.

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Dear Boris, please prioritise children’s wellbeing during this third lockdown in England.

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Three London adventure playgrounds that went to extraordinary lengths to keep children playing – and in some cases, fed too – during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic were yesterday announced as joint winners of the coveted London Adventure Playground of the Year Award

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From Monday 14 September, it will be illegal in England, unless at school or work, for someone to meet more than five other people at a time. What does this mean for play streets?

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Inviting groups of children from across London to converge in a field, rub shoulders designing and building go karts from scratch, and then race them side by side was a BIG no-no this year. But London Play found a way to make the hotly-anticipated go kart events happen

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London Play has won nearly £100k in funding to support adventure playgrounds and ensure the capital’s most vulnerable children can enjoy a summer of play.

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With residential camps on hold for now, Camp Build has gone on tour to bring the unique building adventure to playgrounds across the capital.

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Most play street organisers are ready to consider reopening their streets for play - if councils give the green light, according to a survey by London Play.

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London Play is calling on local authorities to restart play streets from July 4th.

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Thousands of families visiting adventure playground foodbanks across the capital this week will be picking up parcels of joy along with their food staples thanks to the capital’s leading play charity.

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The harm caused to children by keeping adventure playgrounds closed is now beginning to outweigh the risks of opening them, says a leading expert in health and safety.

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Connecting children to public space outdoors had a watershed moment when Richard Louv published his now classic Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. A new handbook on designing public space for children shares examples of how marginalised children are being successfully connected with the outdoors; and includes a chapter from

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The summer holidays are coming. The government must prioritise children’s needs and issue guidance for summer play providers now. 

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Children are the invisible victims of the coronavirus pandemic. As lockdown eases, it is time to prioritise their right to play.

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Two thirds of London's adventure playground organisations report that they are now delivering new services, with many becoming vital hubs for food distribution.

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Adventure playgrounds may have closed their gates, but they have not closed the door on their ‘playing customers’, London’s children.

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The most happening adventure playground in London is ELHAP in Redbridge, it was announced today

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More than four square kilometres of temporary play space was created in an instant last month as Londoners came out to play on their car free streets.

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Residents are being encouraged to set up traffic-free ‘play streets’ outside their homes. The £100,000 a year project will allow people to close streets from traffic for up to four hours during daylight, allowing children to play in the public space close to their homes.

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School grounds should be 'as safe as necessary', not 'as safe as possible' asserts a new declaration from the international School Grounds Alliance.

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LAMBETH: BIG KID Foundation is poised to sign a 10-year lease on Dexter Adventure Playground in Brixton.

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Parents told a parliamentary hearing on holiday hunger about struggling families where parents have to stop working during the school holidays or pay crippling additional childcare costs up front.

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ISLINGTON: A revamp of a once-neglected Georgian garden square in Barnsbury, Islington, by LDA Design, has won the Children’s Play category in the annual Street Design Awards.

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Withdrawing play time from school children as punishment is an infringement of children's human rights and is a practice which should be stopped, says the British Psychological Society.

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LAMBETH: Lambeth Council has laid out proposals to transform the commissioning of youth and play support services in the borough, including winding down the Young Lambeth Cooperative.

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LONDON: As many as half a dozen housing developments across London – most of them relatively new – separate play areas for richer and poorer children

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TOWER HAMLETS: Play time has extended onto the street for two schools in Tower Hamlets

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Enjoyment is the single biggest factor in motivating children to be active according to new research.

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LONDON: The five councils that have made the biggest cuts to children's services since 2010 are in London according to a new analysis

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£13m in funding for parks is welcome but does not go far enough to offset years of decline.

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LONDON: Leading insurer Zurich has promised to review its decision to withdraw insurance cover from two of the capital's adventure playgrounds.

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The Children’s Play Policy Forum has issued a policy statement identifying a crisis in childhood and calling for more children’s play opportunities.

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NEWHAM: Almost £1.2m is to be spent on upgrading West Ham Park playground and installing a new water play area.

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LONDON: Around £400,000 has been awarded to 29 London primary schools to fund new green barriers to protect children from toxic air in school playgrounds.

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A research report claims to show for the first time, a strong link between recreational screen time and children’s inactivity.

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Continuous rain failed to put a damper on yesterday’s All London Go Kart Build and Race as children from across London proved that they are anything but a ‘cotton wool generation’.

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A study has unearthed a link between the quality and quantity of green space and the mental health of children.

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London borough of Wandsworth plans fines of up to £500 for climbing trees, flying kites or playing cricket in parks

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Research out today provides conclusive evidence of the health benefits of street play.

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LEWISHAM: Lewisham's five adventure playgrounds are now run by Youth First, a social enterprise and staff-led mutual which officially launched last month.

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Children from deprived areas like east London could be “paying the price” of public spending cuts and lose opportunities to improve their lives.

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LEWISHAM: Lewisham's five adventure playgrounds are now run by Youth First, a social enterprise and staff-led mutual which officially launched last month.

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Research out today provides conclusive evidence of the health benefits of street play.

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The number of children managing the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day drops by 40% as they move through primary school.

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