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History of the development of British children's play environment(3)

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In 2016, Leeds City Council collaborated with the "Child Friendly Leeds" organization to set up a pop-up park in public spaces in the city centre. The pop-up park encourages children and families to use more public spaces and spend more time for outdoor entertainment. For example, the pop-up park of St. John’s Church is equipped with climbing sculptures, benches and plants to form a temporary play space. The park is open throughout the summer to provide children with space to play in the city center.

Temporary venues such as pop-up parks and "game street" have the characteristics of flexible use of seasons and venues, which can bring vitality to monotonous public spaces. The environment such as courtyards and shops along the street are also popular with children. These spaces are available for children to explore freely and engage in unstructured games and social activities.

Game work

The development of children's game activities requires not only the protection of laws and policies and the creation of play space, but also the extensive support and active participation of various subjects in society. In the UK, government departments cooperate with school management agencies, various non-governmental organizations, community groups, game workers and citizens to jointly build a "children's game-friendly" urban environment.

Game work is a unique profession in the UK. It originated from the early adventure playground sports. The main task is to enrich games and manage risks. They need to ensure that children can participate in or have access to the widest possible types of games, observe, reflect and analyze the games that are taking place, and choose intervention modes or make changes to the play space as needed.

In the UK, game workers need to participate in training and obtain qualification certificates. The scope of work includes after-school clubs, game centers, nurseries, neighborhood games, hospitals, etc. As of 2012, there are more than 15,000 gaming workplaces in the UK, of which about half are after-school clubs, employing about 50,000 employees.


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