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About Us

Photo of a girl jumping off a beam in a playgroundPlaytime was set up to raise awareness of the importance and value of children’s play.  Our remit has developed over the years and we now also focus on the wider potential children’s neighbourhoods offer them to develop a sense of belonging and communty.

Playtime facilitates consultations with children on their play, urban design and planning needs

Playtime also undertakes research into issues surrounding children’s play and their access to their urban neighbourhoods.

We write submissions and proposals on children’s outdoor needs and we work with organisations to develop policies that address children’s use of the outdoor environment.

Organisations we have done work with include The Irish Architecture Foundation, Fingal County Childcare Committee, IPPA, The Early Childhood Organisation, UCD Masters in Urban Design Programme, , Donegal County Council, and the Green Party

About the Founder

Illustration of JackieJackie Bourke is the founder of Playtime.  She completed a PhD at the Dublin Institute of Technology in which she explored how children experience their outdoor freedoms in an urban context. She lobbied succesfully to have an amendment included in the 2010 Planning Act which obligates local authorities to consult with children. She has a background in journalism, having spent 10 years working for the Irish Times writing about children’s needs and welfare. She is a a member of the Children’s Research Network, a founder member of the Children’s Rights Alliance and a former executive member of OMEP (World Organisation for Early Childhood Education and Care).

Read more about Jackie here.

Children love to play, children need to play, and children have a right to play.  Children also need safe access to the otudoors so they can make friends and enjoy the freedom to walk to school, to the local shop or to visit family and friends. Contact us for further information on children’s outdoor worlds or if you would like to develop research or policy in consultation with children.