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How to helpĀ children to play out close to home

As well as the play streets idea, which we started in Bristol in 2009, there are other ways to try and create safer public space so children can play out.

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Easy and effortless things

Small, personal actions can be extremely powerful, even if you only have a small amount of time. You can make your street feel more friendly and playful without closing the road. They are a great place to start.

Read ideas for easy actions to get started.

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Play streets

Play streets are safe spaces for children to play outside, close to home. We have lots of advice, inspiration and resources to help you to organise or support a play street in your neighbourhood.

Find out more about setting up a play street.

School play streets

School play streets are temporary road closures outside a school gate at the start and end of the school day. They help create an enjoyable school run experience and encourage children to walk, cycle or scoot to school.

Learn about school play streets.

Playing out on estates

We worked with residents of Bristol tower blocks to find ways that children can feel free and safe to play out. There are usually different barriers than playing out on a terraced street but many of the same benefits.

Read more about playing out on estates.

Creative projects

Playing Out began as a creative action on a street in Bristol. Read about some other creative street play projects we have been involved in and hopefully you will feel inspired to start your own!

Check out these creative project ideas.

Over the years we’ve seen that thinking differently about your street, helping children to play out, or opening your street for play, are all having a bigger effect, rippling outwards to inspire other people, streets, neighbourhoods and cities. A similar effect is also happening on-line. And everything – from tiny thoughts to bigger action – is starting to help make our culture more supportive of children and their freedom to play out. We’re very excited by all this change and hope you will join us.



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