• API: The Politics of Play - The Importance of Play to Children and Wider Society
    This document examines the importance of play to children and also to wider society.  It  outlines an action plan which gives the API's views on how to build on the success of the  National Play Strategy to ensure that we maximise its potential to improve the health and well-  being of all our children. 

  • API: Surfacing Code of Practice - Provision of Impact Attenuating Surfaces
    The API has  published a new Code of Practice: Provision of Impact Attenuating Surfaces document. The  Code of Practice has been produced to provide prospective clients and specifiers with  guidance on the types of surfacing options available. The document includes useful  information on basic construction requirements, specification and maintenance currently employed in constructing impact absorbing surfaces in playgrounds. 

  • API: Technical Guide to Playground Layout & Design  
    The guidance given in this document has been formulated as a result of a design conference  held by the API.  Among other issues, there was general concern that current procurement  methods were leading designers to locate equipment items as tightly together as possible to  reduce costs. 

  • API: Top Tips for Finding a Quality Play Provider
    To combat misuse of the API brand and highlight the benefits of using an API member, the  API has created a new resource for schools, communities and local authorities. 
  • An Essential Guide to BS EN 1176 and BS EN 1177: Children's Playground Equipment &  Surfacing: updated 2008.
    This popular publication does exactly what is says on the tin! This value for money guide is essentially a condensed version of the full standards. A good starting and reference point for all playground owners, operators, designers, builders and manufacturers.

  • All Party Commission on Physical Activity: Report: Tackling Physical Inactivity
    This is the first of two reports from the All-Party Parliamentary Commission on Physical Activity,  which was set up in 2013. Here they set out the scale and scope of the problem,mapping out  the  specific areas in which there needs to work for change. In the second report there will  be  some tangible suggestions on how we can begin to tackle this epidemic.

  • APPG Fit & Healthy Childhood: Play
     The All Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood are lobbying for government to adopt a holistic strategy to support child development. Launched its report to Parliament  on the 15th October 2015 the group’s co-Chair, children’s advocate Baroness Floella Benjamin, called on politicians from all parties to acknowledge the vital role of play in children’s lives and particularly in helping tackle the physical inactivity crisis. 

  • APPG Fit & Healthy Childhood: Food in Schools and the Teaching of Food
    ‘Food in School and the Teaching of Food’ is the third in a suite of reports published by the
    All Party Parliamentary Group on A Fit and Healthy Childhood. Read in conjunction with its predecessors, ‘Healthy Patterns for Healthy Families’ and ‘The Early Years’, it advocates a governmental policy focus on childhood as a time to spend wisely and well, thus avoiding burgeoning costs to health, social services and the criminal justice system over the life course.
  • APPG Fit & Healthy Childhood: Healthy Patterns for Healthy Families report
    According to NICE (May 2014) obesity in the United Kingdom is rapidly becoming the norm. More than a quarter of adults are now defined as obese and an additional 42% are overweight. Obesity is a family affair and it starts early. This report offers recommendations to the Government to help tackle this issue.
  • APPG Fit & Health Childhood: The Early Years
    Investment in children's earliest years is the key to health and well-being in later life, argues a new report. The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on a Fit and Healthy Childhood has called for a holistic approach to the early years and for a new government department, Children and Family Life, led by a cabinet minister for children. Play features strongly in the report with calls for the National Play Strategy (2008) to be revised, with plans for play in schools and public spaces. It includes a call for statutory performance measures of children's play using EU indices of child health and well-being. 
  • CPPF: The Play Return: A review of the wider impact of play initiatives
    This report presents evidence to build the case for improving the play opportunities of children and young people. Its focus is on children of school age, and on free play that takes place out of doors. It looks at quantitative evidence of the wider outcomes and impact of play interventions and initiatives. Hence it complements rather than duplicates other recent policy reviews. 
  • Civil Rights Association for England: Civil Society alternative report to the UN Committee
    Children’s charities launched a damning report highlighting how Government policies and spending decisions have failed to prioritise children. Based on the  evidence in the report, children's charities are asking the Government to put children at the centre of decision- making, including in the forthcoming Budget.

  • CPSF: Managing Risk in Play Provision: Implementation guide (second edition) 
    The Play Safety  Forum has produced Managing Risk in Play Provision to help strike a balance between the  risks and the benefits of offering children challenging play opportunities. 

  • Design to Move: A Physical Activity Action Agenda
    Just a few generations ago, physical activity was an integral part of daily life. In the name of progress, we’ve now chipped away at it so thoroughly that physical inactivity actually seems normal. The economic costs are unacceptable,the human costs are un-forgiveable. Designed to Move is founded on a robust evidence base. The science is clear. The debate is over.  Urgent priority must be given to dramatically increase the world’s commitment to physical  activity.

  • ECORYS, Children's Play Programme Evaluation - Final report to Big Lottery Fund 2011
    Ecorys was commissioned by the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) in September 2008 to conduct a three year evaluation of the Children’s Play Programme. The key findings from the evaluation.

  • Fields in Trust : Planning and Design for Outdoor Sport and Play
    This guidance aims to support  those responsible for developing, delivering and maintaining innovative natural play spaces  into parks and play spaces.

  • Fields in Trust: The Fields in Toolkits
    A one stop guide to help you ensure the success and sustainability of your outdoor space. 

  • Heritage Lottery Fund: State of UK Public Parks report
    Accompanied by a detailed research report and data sets, this is a study of the current state and future trends in the condition of the UK’s public parks.

  • HM Government: Sporting Future A New Strategy for an Active Nation
    Sports governing bodies will have to demonstrate projects that have a “meaningful, measurable impact” on improving people’s lives in order to receive funding as part of the government’s wide-ranging sports strategy. Delivered by sports minister Tracey Crouch, the report published 17th December 2015 revealed that investment would be earmarked for initiatives which encourage physical activity among the inactive, as well as projects that help young people gain skills that aid employment and tackle social exclusion and mental health problems.

  • Inspecting the Children's Playground: A Guide for Small Operators
    This useful publication was designed to help small playground operators to inspect their playgrounds on a regular basis. It does not go into great technical detail or Standard compliance and Risk Assessment, other booklets cover these areas. It will help with the Routine and Operational inspections as recommended by BS EN 1176.

  • National Trust: 10 year strategy (including points on preservation of public parks and  green  spaces)
    This report looks at the ambition needed to meet the challenges and expectations of a fast-moving world.

  • Public Health England: Change4Lifeevidence review
    This rapid evidence review aims to identify relevant literature on the physiological, psychological, social, and behavioural outcomes of physical activity participation among children aged 5 to 11 years, and provide an indication of the strength of the evidence for each outcome.

  • Public Health  England: Everybody Active Every Day framework
    Public Health England (PHE) wants to drive a step change in the public’s health. We recently identified seven priorities for the next ten years to tackle the behaviour that increases the risk of poor mental and physical health.5 Tackling physical inactivity is critical to delivering many of those priorities (eg, dementia, obesity and giving every child the best start in life). 

  • SENSE: Case for Play
    For three months between September and November 2015, Sense undertook a public inquiry into the provision of play opportunities for children aged 0-5 with multiple needs in England and Wales. The inquiry was established in response to feedback received from families of children with multiple needs who had expressed concerns that they had fewer opportunities to access play services and settings in comparison to families with non-disabled children. 

  • Sport and Recreation Alliance: Reconomics report 
    The Reconomics report brings together all the existing information, research and evidence relating to the impact of outdoor recreation and provides a compelling case to politicians of   the true value of outdoor recreation.

  • Sport and Recreation Alliance: Future Trends report   
    The Alliance’s latest research written in partnership with the Future Foundation – the  world’s number one independent consumer trends and insight firm – explores the five  key trends that every sport and recreation organisation must be aware of. Featuring a  mixture of real-life case studies and research, Future Trends forecasts five themes which  they believe will become increasingly important to all of us in the sport and recreation sector.

  • StreetGames/cebr: The Inactivity Time Bomb
    ‘The Inactivity Time Bomb’ is a new report published by national sports charity, StreetGames and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr). It is the first study to quantify the economic and social costs associated with physical inactivity specifically among young people in the UK.

  • The Parks Alliance: The National Playground Growing The Next Generation

    The Parks Alliance (TPA), the UK’s voice of parks, today published ‘The National Playground: growing the next generation’ on the importance of parks to family life. The current squeeze on budgets is putting our parks and green spaces at risk and data highlighted in the report show that parents with children under 10, are most concerned about the impact of budget cuts on local parks, with 7 out of 10 worried about the prospect of cuts.

  • UK Active: Generation Inactive report
    Generation Inactive establishes the state of the challenge ahead and highlights how little grip we currently have on the scale of the problem of childhood inactivity. It explores the current understanding of children's physical activity in Primary Schools and investigates the measures that are uses to track the activity and fitness levels of pupils.

  • UK Active: Turning the tide of inactivity report, resources 
    Turning the tide of inactivity highlights the scale of the physical inactivity epidemic impacting communities across the UK.

  • Youth Sport Trust: #Classof2035 report 
    The report which explores children’s attitudes to sport and predicts the future of school sport. With the revelation that many children view playing video games with friends as a form of exercise, the YST report’s key argument is that it will be important to harness the power and appeal of technology if we are to encourage children to be physically active over the next 20 years.