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Materials and resources

If you want to start ‘playing out’ sessions on your own street, these materials are here to help you – please feel free to use them.

If you are from a local authority or any other organisation, please read our copyright policy. Any re-use of these materials must acknowledge Playing Out and signpost to this website. If you want to adapt or re-brand anything, please ask. We want these ideas to be shared as part of a growing grassroots movement and are always happy to collaborate.

Playing Out manual

04/03/2019 — 3 MB

A step-by step guide to starting playing out sessions on your street.

Playing Out "Activator" guide

04/03/2019 — 1 MB

How to get your council on board and promote Playing Out in your local area. If you want to help get street play going beyond your own street, please get in touch and we can send you a copy.

Editable playing out poster

04/03/2019 — 5 MB

Poster to advertise playing out sessions times. Add you own times and dates or other details.

Template risk assessment

04/03/2019 — 2 MB

A risk assessment is recommended before closing your street. This table is a starting point to help you think about the potential pitfalls.

Steward sign up sheet

04/03/2019 — 2 MB

To help ensure you have enough stewards for each session.

Meeting invitation

04/03/2019 — 220 KB

An editable invite to ask your neighbours to meet to chat about playing out

Confirmation flyer

04/03/2019 — 666 KB

A reminder of dates and times for your neighbours once you are set and ready to play out

Consultation letter

04/03/2019 — 657 KB

A letter template for writing to your neighbours about proposed playing out sessions if you council doesn't provide a standard one. If you are in Bristol don't use this letter, use the Bristol one.

Friendly cover letter

04/03/2019 — 106 KB

A more informal note that you can use alongside a more formal consultation letter when applying for a street closure.

Car notice template

04/03/2019 — 98 KB

A simple notice letting drivers know that playing out will be happening - for streets that would like to ask drivers to move their cars for the street closure.

Stewards' briefing

04/03/2019 — 418 KB

A handy sized print out of the key information for anyone stewarding at a playing out session

A4 steward briefing

04/03/2019 — 849 KB

An A4 version of the steward briefing - useful for explaining the role of a steward before a playing out session

Playing out leaflet

04/03/2019 — 96 KB

A simple leaflet explaining what playing out sessions are.

School Play Streets - a step by step manual

09/03/2020 — 8 MB

A guide for parents, school staff, and residents who want to organise temporary school play streets.

Best Practice for Temporary Play Streets

09/03/2020 — 178 KB

For councils looking for quick advice on supporting residents following the 'playing out' guidance. For our more detailed LA Toolkit, see below or contact us.

Playing Out leaflet translations

Leaflets which explain the idea of playing out sessions in Arabic and Polish.  If there are other languages you would find useful, or you could translate into another language, please get in touch with us via

Local Authority Toolkit

Playing Out has created a toolkit that summarises what we’ve learnt on how local authorities across the UK successfully promote and support street play in their areas. These cost £40 and can be sent in both PDF and hardcopy format. Please get in touch if you would like to order one.

Reminder letter

27/02/2019 — 233 KB

A letter to remind residents about responsibilities once playing out sessions have been happening for a while.

Playing Out logo

31/05/2019 — 730 KB

Anyone organising playing out sessions is welcome to use our Playing Out logo to add to leaflets, posters etc. We designed it as an eye-catching visual to publicise the ‘playing out’ model and remind people that children belong in the streets. If you want to use it in a different way please do ask us beforehand.

The Little Book of Playing Out

04/03/2019 — 1 MB

A booklet of fun ideas, recipes and games to help your playing out sessions run smoothly. Written by Bristol Playing Out activators Jo Chesterman and Kate Staniforth.