Friday, 6 November 2009

I received a copy of the new 'Developing your playground? Leeds Time to Play' publication today and it's brilliant...

We know that high quality training combined with structured play in positive learning environments can enhance outcomes, reduce behavioural problems and reduce bullying, accidents and stress. The 'Leeds Time to Play'toolkit has therefore been designed to support schools and other settings with the development of their play and outdoor areas. Shelagh Dixon, our Active Schools Development Officer, has been working with colleagues to produce this really wonderful little resource which provides a smooth and speedy journey through the design, procurement and delivery of stimulating, inviting and exciting environments. This toolkit complements and supports the 'Happy, healthy, active lunchtimes' publication which includes support, resources and courses to enrich breaktimes and lunchtimes and make them more active and productive parts o the school day. Shelagh and the team have also produced a register of exemplar schools willing to share their ideas, their creativity and their mistakes!

We need to understand the critical importance of creating real centres of learning where the outdoor and play environments contribute, enhance and enrich provision in our constant search for happier, healthier, safer and more successful schools. If you want to find out more about 'Leeds Time to Play', 'Happy, healthy, active lunchtimes' and the register of exemplar schools please contact my colleague Shelagh Dixon at who will be happy to help.

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