Series of ‘Blog’ articles from Mark Hardy, Chairman of the API and articles of interest.

Children & Play – About as fundamental as it gets

  • Posted on Feb 18, 2020  
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I get it, I do. There are so many calls on our time, our sympathies, our support, our allegiances. So…

Election 2019: ask your candidates to support PlayMustStay to win your vote

  • Posted on Nov 21, 2019  
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In the coming weeks leading up to 12 December, the election candidates in your area will be doing everything they…

Play Must Stay and the election – what happens now?

  • Posted on Nov 12, 2019  
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Anyone who has ever been involved with a campaign of any kind will know that it’s often conducted on many…

Why Play Must Stay

  • Posted on Sep 17, 2019  
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In the wake of some fantastic exposure for our latest campaign across the last few weeks, it is important that…

35 Years of Play

  • Posted on Mar 26, 2019  
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This year we’re celebrating 35 years of the Association of Play Industries.  Our trade association was originally formed to bring…

Kids’ screen time is an urgent public health issue. We must act now…

  • Posted on Jan 29, 2019  
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Today’s media has featured two reports around screen time – that toddlers’ development is negatively affected by excessive screen time…

The closure of playgrounds – a false economy?

  • Posted on Nov 28, 2018  
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In my last blog, I told you about the research we were working on.  Now published, it shows – all…

Sign the petition and support the call for a Cabinet Minister for Children

  • Posted on Oct 30, 2018  
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The call for a Minister dedicated to the welfare of children and young people is gathering pace. The petition has…

Are our parks, playgrounds and green spaces going into freefall?

  • Posted on Oct 04, 2018  
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The decline in parks, playgrounds and green spaces appears to be going into freefall. Many of you will have seen…

‘Prescription for Play’

  • Posted on Aug 30, 2018  
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Kids are so over-scheduled that doctors are being told to prescribe play says new American report. Children have a right…