Simply Play is grounded in the fine work and wise guidance of the play world. There has, in recent years been much work on the development and creation of playable spaces. Information has increasingly been shared to raise the awareness of what makes a successful play space. There are a number of documents which pull together the work of play theorists through the decades to create criteria and framework for the development and assesment of spaces for play.
The developmentof the tool was supervised by Professor Perry Else (author of ‘The Value of Play’, Course Leader in Children and Playwork at Sheffield Hallam University and Ludemos Associate) who brought his thinking on the Integral Play Framework to the project. For more information on the Intergral Play Framework please click here.
The Simply Play assessment is made up of ten themes of a successful play space which are drawn from this shared knowledge of play. These are:
The Physical Environment
The Human Environment
There are strong links between these and the Criteria for an enriched play environment outlined in Best Play: What Play Provision Should do for Children authored in 2000 by the Partnership of the National Playing Fields Association, PLAYLINK and the Children’s Play Council. The 14 months testing period saw themes added, removed, tested and rejected to finally arrive at the 10 above.