Free Time Consortium

Play England is part of the Free Time Consortium, a collective of organisations working together to increase freedom to play.

The Consortium is founded on the principle of sharing information and resources to support more children to play more often. Through promoting good practice, and joint fundraising local Play Associations, forums, networks and national specialist organisations aim to make sure that all children in England have the time, space and opportunity to play throughout their daily lives.

Joining the Free Time Consortium

Voluntary organisations, charities, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises and organisations registered as a community interest company can join the Free Time Consortium.

Organisations must agree to:

  • Sign up to the FTC Statement of Commitment and Memorandum of Agreement.
  • Sign up to the Charter for Children’s Play and be committed to the UNCRC Article 31.
  • Become a Play England member.
  • Be working towards or have achieved a quality kite mark that embeds the Playwork Principles into play provision (such as Quality in Play) where appropriate.
  • Be committed to continuing professional development for their staff, including endorsed training and playwork qualifications where appropriate.
  • Promote and support FTC campaigns, currently Love Outdoor Play.
  • Attend FTC meetings and conferences.
  • Join one of the FTC Development Groups.
  • Sign up and contribute to the FTC hub.

Current Consortium members are:

Birmingham PlayCare NetworkChildren’s LinksChildren’s Scrapstore, Dens of EqualityEnfield Children and Young Persons’ ServicesHackney Play AssociationHaringey Play AssociationHillingdon Play AssociationIslington Play AssociationKIDSLambeth Play AssociationLondon PlayManchester Young LivesMilton Keynes Play AssociationNature WorkshopsOutdoor Play and Learning (OPAL), Oxfordshire Play AssociationParkour UKPlay Association Tower HamletsPlay EnglandPlay GloucestershirePlay Torbay,Playing OutPlayworksPlaywork PartnershipsPlymouth Play AssociationSefton Play CouncilShiremoor Adventure Playground Trust (North Tyneside Council), SkillsActiveWansdyke Play Association, and Yorkshire Play.

If you are interested in joining, please download and complete the FTC Application Form and FTC Statement of Commitment:

Download Application Form [48KB DOC]

Download Statement of Commitment [97KB DOC]

Download Memorandum of Agreement [54.9KB PDF]

Download Further Information [40KB PDF]

Return them both to Play England, c/o Homerton Grove Adventure Playground, Wardle St, London E9 6BX.