If you’re planning to hold playing out sessions regularly, you’ll need some basic kit.
In order to close your street safely and legally, check with your local council what they require you to use in the way of formal signage, cones or other barriers. Some councils supply these to streets for free, which is great.
In Bristol, we use flexible ‘road closed’ signs which fit over traffic cones, but you can also use signs tied onto wheelie bins, like this:
Lots of companies sell these online. Protect signs do a special offer for Playing Out of £20 for a reflective, flexible sign (normally £30).
Use the code PLAY20 and follow this link to order them from Protect Sign’s website.
We also have a lovely street play kit for sale, with lots of other fun and useful bits and pieces. Ideally you would get your council to buy a batch or find a local funding pot to pay for them, but if you are really stuck for a way to cover the cost, let us know and we’ll see what we can do to help.
The Playing Out kit comes in an eco-friendly strong jute bag and includes:
- Playing Out organiser pack (with manual)
- Large wheelie-bin stickers x 4
- Lanyards with whistles and laminated steward briefings x 2
- ‘Playing Out’ logo hi-viz vests x 4
- Posters x 10
- Leaflets x 100
- Long skipping rope x 1
- Elastic for french skipping
- Street chalk
Kits cost £60 plus p&p and a small profit helps towards funding our work. For more information or to order, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about organising playing out sessions, see Playing Out in Four Simple Steps or to read the experiences of other people opening their streets for play see our Blog. There are also lots of other ways you can support children to play out more.