Playing out gives children space and freedom to get exercise outdoors, play freely, gain independence and skills, and make new friends close to home
Since Playing Out began supporting residents to organise street play where they live:
This is just what we’ve managed to record. We’re also hearing that much more informal playing out is happening in streets and spaces across the UK because parents, residents and professionals are starting to think differently. Here’s the deeper impact taking place each time residents open their front doors to meet, play and use the immediate space in a shared way:
*As the play streets model is flexible and resident-led, the number of people, session length, frequency etc. are all variable depending on the street and people involved. However based on head counts at many sessions in Bristol and the results of a national survey (2017 and rechecked 2019) we use the following averages for play streets: two hour sessions; 12 sessions a year; 30 children attending and benefitting; 15 adults actively involved in the play street.