ScreenShot Mondays – rethinking childhood

A couple of Mondays per month, PlayGroundology screenshots a cyberspot that focuses on playgrounds, or play. I hope readers dive in and explore. Even if you’ve seen the selection before, take a moment and check to see what content has been added recently.

Think of this as a very slow stumble upon, an invitation to relish something new or to revisit an old friend. Some of the people and places may be household names in the world of play and playgrounds, others not so much. I hope all will pique your interest in what they have to offer and further your own possibilities for playfulness.

rethinking childhood

rethinking childhood is a relatively new blog under the pen of Tim Gill. Tim is well known as a respected advocate of play in the UK and beyond.

Tim believes that children and young people have the potential to be more resilient, capable and creative than we give them credit for. Yet their lives are becoming ever more scheduled, controlled and directed. If children are to enjoy and make the most of their lives, we need to revisit and revise our ideas of what a good childhood looks and feels like. We need to reconnect children with the people and places around them, and with the natural world on their doorstep. We need to design neighbourhoods so that it is easy for children to walk, cycle and play near their homes. We need to improve play and recreational spaces and services, and ensure that schools, nurseries and childcare settings give children time and space for play and exploration. We need to support parents, so they feel able to give their children some of the freedoms that previous generations enjoyed when they were young. We need to accept that it is natural and healthy for children to take risks, make mistakes, have everyday adventures and test themselves and their boundaries. In short, we need to expand the horizons of childhood. (Source: rethinking childhood)

rethinking childhood is truly worth a read. Don’t take my word for it, pop on over yourself.

2 responses to “ScreenShot Mondays – rethinking childhood

  1. Hi Alex – not quite sure how I missed this. Thanks a million for posting, and for the generous praise. I have now signed up to your blog, and added a link too. Looking forward to many fruitful exchanges!

    • Hi Tim, no worries. There is so much material on the old interweb – I find it’s just impossible to keep up. You’ve got a great blog and tons of experience. Readers can’t go wrong by dropping in. Thanks for the link. That’s a good reminder for me, I need to update my links. Cheers, Alex

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