Rise: Ready to Play – building brains through active play

Applications are now open for Rise’s ‘Ready to Play’ project – designed to help create more active children who are healthier, happier and learn better – in the communities that need it most.

The project will support early years organisations and staff to reduce health inequalities by improving early development and school readiness through active learning, as well as increase physical activity and build the knowledge, skills and confidence of staff.

Successful applicants will get a package worth more than £650 including:

  • FREE equipment for your setting or organisation to inspire open-ended Loose Parts Play

  • FREE training for your staff from internationally renowned expert in play Ben Kingston-Hughes, as well as face-to-face training on the importance of physical movement for development

  • LOADS of activity ideas to use with the children

  • Networking opportunities with other local organisations and settings to share best practice and ideas

  • Information to share with parents and families to help you to connect with them and communicate importance of active play.


Health and educational outcomes are statistically lower for children who fall into certain groups, for example children from low income families, children with SEND or children from ethnically diverse communities, among many other things. We want to use the Ready to Play project to support and champion children who face inequalities, to help break down barriers to help them thrive.

This project is open to: • Schools • Nurseries • Childminders • Pre-schools • Family hubs • VCSE organisations

To be eligible for Ready to Play, your organisation must work with underserved communities in low-income areas where the NHS has highlighted a higher risk of health inequalities. To find out if your setting or organisation qualifies get in touch with Rise, providing your organisation’s full address and postcode to [email protected]

Your setting or organisation must also:

  • Be in Northumberland or Tyne and Wear
  • Work directly with children aged 0-5
  • Be able to send at least one staff member to a face-to-face training session on 20th June 2024 (afternoon) at the Linskill Centre, North Shields.

Find out more at Ready to Play — Rise | Physical Activity Partners for Local, Regional and National Partners (wearerise.co.uk)

Applications close on Monday 3rd June 2024.


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