Near you

COVID-19

Info here
Home > Near you

See how the street play movement is growing across the UK

We’re adding a pin for every area where parents, residents, a community organisation or the council (and ideally, all of them together) are starting to change things for children through play streets and related ideas. The movement is growing! See what’s happening near you and tell us if there’s anything to add. If you’re interested in starting a play street or in any other action to support children playing out, do get in touch – we can help.

 

Map key

You

Local authority

What’s happening in Reading?

Residents in Reading can apply for a play street to be created for up to three hours a fortnight using this form.

West Reading Together is a local community group who support play streets – keep an eye on their website for updates.

Local playing out organiser, Rachel, came across the playing out idea when her mum passed her the playing out story saying she thought this was something Rachel could do locally.

Twelve months later in September 2013, Reading Borough started a year long ‘play streets’ pilot with six streets taking part, and since then Reading has implemented a permanent street play policy, which you can read about and find applications for here.

Around 14 streets in Reading are already holding playing out sessions – you can read about the latest additions in Get Reading. Rachel’s street recently won a Pride of Reading award!

Reading residents interested in finding out more can join the Reading play streets Facebook group to ask questions or ask advice or contact Rachel.

Blog posts

child scooting down big hill
Adventurous play as an antidote to anxiety

Adventurous play gives an opportunity for children to learn about uncertainty, fear, arousal, and coping. In this blog Professor Helen Dodd shares a summary of her recent paper with Dr Kathryn…

Read more

Girl skipping playing out alone
Playing out alone – tips from the 80s

The chance to play freely with other children is one of the biggest lures and joys of outside play. But what if you can’t play with other children – is…

Read more

See all blog posts