School pick up: what happens on YOUR street?

The other day, I did some observing. Observing what happens on the residential streets surrounding a primary school at school pick up time. The battery on my watch was dead, so I didn’t really have an eye on the time to know exactly when school was ‘out.’ But I quickly realised that I didn’t need … Continue reading School pick up: what happens on YOUR street?

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Equal Places for Equal Play

I attended the GLA’s Equal Play event a couple of weeks ago. On the one hand, I was excited that the GLA were doing something to address gender equality, launching a pledge for gender action across schools in the capital, as well as an equal play explorer trail , and bringing toy manufacturers and the Advertising … Continue reading Equal Places for Equal Play

The Realities of 21st Century Street Play: Losing your Children

I’m not sure if it’s the large collection of second-hand Little Tikes cars in our garden, or the wooden playhouse in the corner, or the general loveliness of my children (ahem), but most days we end up with other peoples’ children in our garden. In fact, the main reason this happens is because we have … Continue reading The Realities of 21st Century Street Play: Losing your Children

Why are children running rings around us? Is it ok to dislike the ‘Daily Mile’?

I’m a strong advocate of physical activity, particularly for children. So is it ok for me to dislike the ‘Daily Mile’ initiative? For those that aren’t aware of it, the Daily Mile is an initiative started off by Elaine Wiley, a headteacher from Stirling in Scotland, who began it in her school in order to … Continue reading Why are children running rings around us? Is it ok to dislike the ‘Daily Mile’?

Virtual freedom: is technology good for children’s independence?

I am a strong advocate of giving children more independence. But what does is really mean in our age of technology and how important is it to children in the 21st century? Studies have shown that children don’t really like being alone. They would often prefer to be out with friends than on their own, … Continue reading Virtual freedom: is technology good for children’s independence?