Places where children play can be important social places, not just for children and young people, but also for parents, carers and the wider community. They should be places where children and young people can enjoy spending time, be physically active, interact with their natural surroundings, experience change and continuity, take risks in an environment where they feel safe and, of course, play – alone or with others – in a wide variety of ways.
These places, in both rural and urban areas, might include residential streets, town and city
squares, playgrounds in parks and other open spaces; woods and commons; recreation grounds or public spaces on housing estates – anywhere that play is a legitimate use of the space.
Children play in many different ways according to their own interests and abilities, and enjoy different forms of play at different times and places. 15 different play types have been identified, all of which are of importance to children’s enjoyment and day-to-day experience.
Before we propose a new type of children’s play area, we need to understand what already exists in our city. This audit of play facilities will provide information about all the spaces and facilities for play and informal recreation within the local authority area.
I have a task that needs completing, and I’d really like your help.
I would like you to complete a desk-based audit of local play provision in our city as part of the local play policy. Leave a voicemail for the Planning Officer to confirm what type of play area you think we should design.
I’ve included the resources you need to complete the task, including documents, images, videos and templates. They should give you plenty of ideas and information.
Follow the instructions, and when you’re ready, complete your task. All this should take you about 45 minutes.
When you’re finished with your task, you can learn more about the employers, job roles and projects in this area of construction.