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Health benefits of Play Streets

D’Haese, S., et al 2015. International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity Organizing “Play Streets” can increase physical activity during school vacations Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful The study highlighted how creating Play Streets significantly increases children’s moderate to vigorous intensity

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Fire safety in schools

Department for Education, (DfE) Building Bulletin 100: Design for fire safety in schools Publication date: 2014 Ranking: essential In their words: “This guide provides fire safety design guidance for schools in England and Wales. The guidance applies to nursery schools, primary and

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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings)

Best kept secrets

Your home’s best kept secrets Style and décor design advice is available everywhere. But here’s something you may not see a lot about. The Big Opportunity is all about the top 10 features in your house that we think you

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Posted in Disability, Housing

Fair Play for Children!

Department for Victorian Communities, State of Victoria. The Good Play Space Guide Publication date: 2007 Ranking: useful Published by the State of Victoria this Australian guide sets out in detail how to go about providing accessible play spaces. Importantly it

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Playing out in the woods!

Forestry Commission England Design guidance for play space Publication date: 2006 Ranking: This short guidance note sets out principles for considering the needs of the people who will use the space. Using multi-disciplinary teams it aims to show how naturalistic

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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Landscaping, Play

A design for play

Play England in conjunction with (as then); Dept. for Children, Schools and Families and Dept. of Culture, Media and Sport. Authors: Aileen Shackell, Nicola Butler, Phil Doyle and David Ball Making space for play Publication date: 2008 Ranking: useful This guide was

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Every building matters

CABE/Design Council | Department of Education SureStart Every Building Matters Publication date: 2008 Ranking: useful A visual guide to designing Sure Start Children’s Centres and other years facilities and spaces. This guide offers design advice that will be useful for

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Children and inequality

Department of Education “They go the extra mile” Reducing inequality in schools Publication date: 2013 Ranking: essential This provides the government’s response to the second and third reports of the Children’s Commissioner’s Inquiry on exclusion. It highlights the likely poor

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Area guidelines for mainstream schools

Department of Education (DfE) and Education Funding Agency (EFA) Building Bulletin 103 Area Guidelines for mainstream schools Publication date: June 2014 Ranking: essential The document sets out simple, non-statutory area guidelines for mainstream school buildings (part A) and sites (part B)

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Play Street Orders

Playing Out – Bristol City Council Playing out – applying for temporary street orders Publication date: current. Due to be reviewed 16/06/2015 Ranking: useful Here is an example of how one council has set up the administrative process to close a street

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Public Health is Playing Out!

Department of Health (DoH) Playing Out: A Public Health Perspective A blog by Viv Bennet  Publication date: November 2014 Ranking: essential Describes new initiative by DoH to, “…reactivate street play in communities up and down the country. This builds on a

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Posted in Landscaping, Play

Playing out

Playing Out A Dutch view of playing out  Publication date:  December 2013 Ranking: useful A film made in 1972 documenting the efforts of a group of Dutch children to create a play street. Portrays group of children with quietly supportive

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Child-friendly City

UNICEF Building child-friendly cities: A framework for action Publication date: 2004 Ranking: useful This document provides a framework for defining and developing a Child Friendly City. It identifies the steps to build a local system of governance committed to fulfilling children’s rights. The framework

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