Heath And Safety Executive – Essential Brief On Play And Risk

An essential brief on play and risk

The Play Wales Toolkit

Toolkit for better use of school grounds for after school play

Early Years Outdoor Play Landscape Design Brief

An essential starting point for all playgrounds improvements

Era Emotional Range Assessment – Reflective Practice Tool

A reflective practice tool for assessing the quality of play and play environments

Play For Today – National Museum Of Childhood Report On Play

2014 report into the importance of play by Rebecca Caswell & Tom Warman for the National Children’s Museum

Natural Play: Making A Difference To Children’s Learning And Wellbeing

The findings of a longitudinal study of the pioneering partnership between Forestry Commission Scotland, Glasgow City Council and Merrylee primary school in Glasgow

Supporting School Improvement Through Play – The Opal Report

Developed and tested by a local government school improvement service, and independently evaluated by two universities.

The Pocket Guide to Playwork

The playwork principles and introduction to playwork from Skillsactive. Click here to download

Positive Playgrounds

Playboard Northern Ireland’s report into their school playtime project Click here to download

Evaluating the effects of the Lunchtime Activity and Play (LEAP)

See the results

Playtime Revolution

A guide for schools to support play in the curriculum from Learning Through Landscapes. Click here to download

The Future of Play 2013 Lego Foundation Report

A report into the nature and future of play by a panel of world experts Click here to download

What works in Schools and Colleges to Increase Physical Activity?

Oct 2015 Public Health England briefing for Head Teachers Click here to download

‘Play’ All Party Parliamentary Group on Childhood

Oct 2015 Policy report cites OPAL 4 times as good practice Click here to download

Playpods Evaluation Report

Marc Armitage’s evaluation report on the trial of Scrapstore Playpods in nine primary schools. Click here to download

This Place is like a Building Site

Report and resources from PLAYLINK on developing loose parts play in primary school Click here to download

Risk-Benefit Assessment Form

Published by the Play Safety Forum – The best practice way to assess risk in play. Click here to download

Managing Risk in Play

The Implementation Guide – Published by the Play Safety Forum. How to do risk-benefit assessment and why. Click here to download

If we are to learn to love mother earth ….

Free Muddy Play Poster from OPAL Click here to download