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Charter for Children’s Play

Children play best:

When adults are watchful but not intrusive, when safe ground lends courage to their discoveries and adventures.

When their trust in life is whole, when they welcome the unknown and are fearless.

When the world is shared with them. When there are palces and spaces they can make their own.

When their games are free from adult agendas and when their transformations require no end-products.

When they are free to become gatherers, makers, and world creators in their own time and in their own ways.

When they can play with others and make relationships.

When they can play alone, be solitary and private.

When they can become new selves through their play with others and in their own imaginings

When they can reveal themselves, their joys, sufferings, and concerns, without fear of ridicule, and when mystery and imagination are not denied by fact.

‘The Genius of Play’, by Sally Jenkins (page 129, 2001, Hawthorn Press: London)

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      Diane Rich
      Speaking at conferences
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      Outdoor provision
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      First hand experience:
      what matters to children
      what matters to children
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      Children team
      2008 conference - Snape
      'What Matters to Children'
      2010 Conference - WMtC
      'Making a difference'
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