Playday champions

If your organisation is passionate about children’s play, contact us about becoming an official Playday champion!

Playday champions include:

API logoThe Association of Play Industries (API) is the lead trade association for the UK play sector. Its member companies are the UK’s leading providers of playgrounds, indoor play facilities, play equipment and safety surfacing for schools, local authorities, parish councils, leisure attractions, holiday parks, housing developments and hospitality venues. API’s accredited members are experienced, professional play experts who design, install and maintain high-quality equipment.
They operate to the highest standards, abide by a strict Professional Code of Conduct, and are credit-checked and monitored regularly for financial stability. Members commit to creating play environments that deliver visible challenge and risk within well-developed safety standards.

APSEAssociation for Public Service Excellence (APSE) 
is a not for profit local government body working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority front line services of which, as the main provider, parks and leisure feature heavily.

APSE is passionate about assisting our member Councils to create the environment that encourages play within a healthy lifestyle, including nutrition through school meals, investment in and maintenance of our parks and leisure facilities and provision of opportunity for all the community. We wish the Playday campaign another successful year.

baptBritish Association of Play Therapists (BAPT) 
is the first and foremost professional association for Play Therapy in the United Kingdom. BAPT was founded in 1992 by a group of now internationally-respected practitioners who introduced and pioneered Play Therapy within Britain.

Now a registered charity, BAPT’s Object is: ‘To relieve the needs of children, young people and adults suffering emotional and behavioural difficulties by promoting the art and science of Play Therapy and promoting high standards in the practice of Play Therapy for the public benefit’.

bhf-logoBritish Heart Foundation  
Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer. For over 50 years we’ve pioneered research that’s transformed the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions. Our work has been central to the discoveries of vital treatments that are changing the fight against heart disease.

But so many people still need our help. From babies born with life-threatening heart problems to the many Mums, Dads and Grandparents who survive a heart attack and endure the daily battles of heart failure. Join our fight for every heartbeat in the UK. Every pound raised, minute of your time and donation to our shops will help make a difference to people’s lives.

Care inspectorate standard size colourThe Care Inspectorate regulates and inspects care services in Scotland to make sure that they meet the right standards. We also jointly inspect with other regulators to check how well different organisations in local areas work to support adults and children. Set up by Scottish Government, and accountable to ministers, it’s our job to assure and protect everyone that uses these services.  We work to make sure that everyone gets safe, high quality care that meets their needs. The Care Inspectorate recently launched a good practice resource My World Outdoors which shares inspiring stories from services showing how much children are benefiting from outdoor play.

CLOA logoChief Cultural and Leisure Officers Association
 exclusively represents senior strategic leaders managing public sector cultural, tourism and sport services. It works closely with central government and key national organisations to influence the development of national policies and to lobby for positive change in the cultural and leisure sectors. It is also a founder and leading member of the National Culture Forum.
Find out more by visiting their website.

CS_logo_shadow_rgbThe Children’s Society
 works with children to ensure that they are loved, valued and listened to. We fight poverty and neglect. We support children who are refugees from violence, and we give those in care a voice. In hard times, children are among the hardest hit. We don’t just help them survive – we help them flourish.

CaFamily_standalone_logo-sqContact a Family  One in 20 children in the UK is born with a disability. Contact a Family is there for all of them. We’re the only national charity that exists to support the families of disabled children whatever their condition or disability. With over 30 years of experience, our vision is that families with disabled children are empowered to live the lives they want and achieve their full potential, for themselves, for the communities they live in, and for society. It’s why we offer support, information and advice to over 340,000 families each year and campaign for families to receive a better deal.

We’re committed to ending the poverty, disadvantage and isolation experienced by families with disabled children across the UK and are delighted to be supporting Playday.

DR-logo-2016-Large-(1)Dad’s Rock is a charitable organisation based in Scotland. Our aim is to support and help dads to engage with their children and build strong lasting relationships. Through the arts, and specifically music, we aim to help encourage self-expression and improve self-esteem in both Dads and their children. We are happy to support Playday. Play is at the heart of what we do and what we believe in.  Play allows you to be free, to tap into your imagination and bring back memories of when you were young.  Parents playing alongside their children gives them the one thing they want most: time together to have fun, to be silly, to dance, sing or go on an adventure, indoors or out.  Dads and male care-givers playing alongside their children is even more important and is the best way to ensure a strong, positive bond.

EurekaWe’re not like other museums…

Eureka! is a unique place for families and groups to visit, where children aged 0 to 11 are inspired to learn all about themselves and the world around them by playing, imagining, experimenting and – above all – having fun! Eureka! is the national children’s museum and has welcomed over 6 million visitors since we opened 20 years ago.

Family ActionFamily Action has been a leading provider of services to disadvantaged and socially isolated families since 1869. We work with over 45,000 children and families a year by providing practical, emotional and financial support through over 100 services based in communities across England. A further 150,000 people benefit from our educational grants and information service.Enabling children to access play and learning activities provided through our Children’s Centres is an important area of our work. We also tackle some of the most complex and difficult issues facing families today – including domestic abuse, mental health problems, learning disabilities and severe financial hardship.

fct_logo_mThe Family and Childcare Trust works to make the UK a better place for families. Our vision is of a society where government, business and communities do all they can to support every family to thrive. Through our research into family life and childcare, campaigning and practical support we are creating a more family friendly UK.

familysupportNIThe Family Support NI website  contains details of all registered childcare providers throughout Northern Ireland and is regarded as the central government register of childcare provision in Northern Ireland.

It provides the most up-to-date childcare information available and other government agencies, e.g. HMRC, use this website as an information resource, to check whether a childcare provider is registered.

The site also provides contact details for Family Support services throughout Northern Ireland and information on all aspects of Family Support including educational services.  Services are listed for young carers, disability, domestic abuse, drug/alcohol misuse, mental health, social care for children, and others.

Fields In TrustFields in Trust are the only national charity protecting and improving outdoor recreational spaces for current and future generations to enjoy. We are delighted to have supported Playday 2013 with Have a Field Day – encouraging local communities to enjoy their green spaces. If you’re planning a playday event, why not find your nearest Fields in Trust protected field on our website, and hold your event there? With Fields in Trust and Playday, you’ll always have somewhere to play!

groundwork-logo-354-cGroundwork UK is the community charity with a green heart. We want places to look better, streets to be safer and outside areas to be green and beautiful. We want people of all ages to be able to do stuff together to make the best of where they live. We want to improve job prospects by offering training and employment opportunities. We want to show people how they can make their homes and workplaces better for the environment and cheaper to run.

helping heartsHeart Research UK 
works with children of all ages to inspire them to get active and keep their hearts healthy. Our Healthy Heart Grants fund projects in communities across the country, educating children of all abilities about the benefits of keeping their hearts healthy and enabling them to be more active and have fun doing it. We have a series of family fun days to help families to be active together.

RingaRoses colour 3bHome-Start Aberdeen
provides emotional and practical support for families who have at least one child under the age of five.  Our aim is to support parents to ensure that children have the best possible start in life.  We believe that play is vitally important for children and their parents and promote play opportunities and family fun wherever possible.

“All children need a place to play. They need space, informality, freedom to run around and make a noise, to express themselves, to experiment and investigate … In surrounding which stimulate their imagination and challenge them to face and overcome risks, they will be helped to build up their self-confidence and independence.”

These words – written in 1975 by Lady Allen of Hurtwood, one of the pioneers in the field of adventure play – remain relevant now in the way in which KIDS provide play environments for disabled children and young people. KIDS build on these concepts with a specific interest in play for disabled children and young people.

liveherelovehereLive Here Love Here is a national campaign aimed at promoting civic pride and a community can-do attitude by improving environmental quality in Northern Ireland.Live Here Love Here aims to tackle issues such as littering and dilapidation, by encouraging volunteers to take practical action in their local communities through initiatives such as The BIG Spring Clean and Adopt A Spot, groups can even get access to some small grants to carry out projects in their communities.By working together, we can start to tackle the negative impact of littering, dog fouling and other environmental behaviours to bring about positive change to our communities.  Live Here Love Here is an inspiring partnership between the Department of the Environment, Tourism Northern Ireland and a number of local authorities, working alongside Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. To learn more and to sign our Live Here Love Here petition please visit our website.

navca_colour_rgbNAVCA (National Association for Voluntary and Community Action)
is the national voice of local support and development organisations in England. We are a charity that champions and strengthens voluntary and community action by supporting our members in their work with over 160,000 local charities and community groups.

NDNANational Day Nurseries Association (NDNA)
is the national charity and membership association promoting quality care and early learning for children in nurseries across the UK.

NDNA supports its members to develop their quality of care and to run a healthy sustainable business by providing members with information, training and support. NDNA works closely with its members to represent the sector to Government, local authorities and the media.

national trustNational Trust We all know the importance of getting our family out and about – fresh air, exercise and memories that will last a lifetime all await you in the Great Outdoors. But we know that sometimes convincing the young ones to get off the sofa can be a real effort. So, we’ve worked out the 50 best possible things to do before you’re 11 3/4. Sign up online for free and start having fantastic family adventures today!


nutThe National Union of Teachers is the largest teachers’ union in England and Wales, with members working in all phases and sectors of education.The NUT is proud to support Playday. It believes that play is an essential part of growing up. It is crucial to children’s development, including building their social confidence. Through play, children learn more about themselves, their relationships with others and the wider world. Play also helps to consolidate what has been learnt in the classroom.

For more information, see “Time to Play: NUT Play Policy” which is available to download from the NUT website.


Nelson Mandela CFThe Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (UK) was founded by Nelson Mandela in 1994 with the aim of securing a better future for vulnerable children in Southern Africa. Now a leading charity in Southern Africa, The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund works to build the strength of communities so that they can identify and care for vulnerable and disadvantaged children. Children who have been orphaned by the HIV and Aids pandemic, who are disabled, refugees, or have been abused are all given the vital care and protection they need.

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund relies totally on the support of individuals, trusts and companies to fund their vital work.


Routledge Education  is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, the world’s premier education journals and books publisher. With new and innovative research on all aspects of Education, including early years education, Routledge Education publish over 230 journals and over 1,500 new book titles per year and collaborate with over 100 leading learned societies and organisations. This August, Routledge Education are supporting Play Day UK with a dedicated research collection focusing on play in the early years. Articles in this research collection have been made free to access for the month of August. You can gain your free access by clicking here.

ScopeAt Scope we’re all about changing society for the better, so disabled people and their families can have the same opportunities as everyone else. Families with disabled children are under massive strain because they can’t get the help they need in their local area. Our Keep Us Close campaign is trying to change this. We want disabled children to have inclusive, accessible services close to home – including places to play. Every child has the right to play!

SCMAScottish Childminding Association (SCMA) is the only organisation dedicated tosupporting childminders in Scotland. Our aim is to promote childminding as a quality childcare service. We do this in part by helping SCMA childminders make a difference to the wellbeing and development of Scotland’s children. Our Vision: “Quality childminding… building confident children within a family childcare experience.” Around 80% of Scotland’s childminders are members of SCMA. To find out more click here.

ukhf-logo-width400The UK Health Forum (UKHF)
, a registered charity, is a UK Forum and an international centre for the prevention of non-communnicable diseases (NCDs) including coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes.
The UKHF undertakes policy research and advocacy to support action by government, the public sector and commercial operators. As an alliance, the UKHF is uniquely placed to develop and promote consensus-based healthy public policy and to coordinate public health advocacy.

UWTUlster Wildlife is a local charity that champions native wildlife. We work withlocal people to secure space for nature in our countryside, towns, coastlines and seas. Promoting health and well-being through the enjoyment of nature is one of our key goals and we work with school children to not only encourage them to get outdoors and experience the natural world, but also to inspire them to become  environmental champions of the future.

Woodland TrustWoodland Trust  
Woods make great places to play, relax, exercise and enjoy nature. VisitWoods is a partnership project, led by the Woodland Trust, which promotes the benefits of spending time in woodland. The website contains information on over 11,000 publicly accessible woodland, many of which are free to visit. VisitWoods offers a wealth of information about woods from landowners including The Woodland Trust, Forestry Commission, The National Trust, RSPB, Wildlife Trusts and many more. It also offers lots of ideas and activities to help you make the most of your wood visit.