From the great outdoors to a disco in a shipping container, the possibilities of best practice #RadicalChilcare and the environments in which it might take place are broad as the imagination can stretch. Here are some of our favourite innovative, thought-provoking and totally awesome projects, demonstrating creative solutions to caring for and educating children in the 21st Century. The selection is curated by F A M A L A M however, we'd love to hear about projects you know and love so that we can learn from and share them. Do you have a project to share? Tell us more.
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Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH)

DQSH is a storytime like no other, founded by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions in San Francisco. A much needed safe space f…

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The Bethel Doula Service

The Bethel Doula service is one strand of work delivered by Bethel Health and Healing Network in Birmingham. Set up t…

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The Children’s Quarter

As it stands, there are 11 million children in England and 1 in 4 who are at risk of social isolation. We are very proud to b…

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The Mother House Studios

The Mother House Studio model was set up in late 2016 by the Procreate Project, for artists who are mothers, in an ef…

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Pop up Parks

“Pop up Parks is a non-for-profit organisation offering services across public engagement, design intervention and …

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Harlem Children’s Zone

The Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) is a groundbreaking non-for profit organisation based in New York supporting child…

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Anorak Magazine

Anorak Magazine is 'the happy mag for kids’ aimed at boys and girls aged between 6 and 12yrs. Unlike magazines of toda…

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The Centre for Research in Early Childhood

The Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC) is located in St Thomas Children’s Centre, near Birmingham city centre. I…

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The Lego Foundation

The LEGO Foundation aims to build a future where learning through play empowers children to become creative, engaged, life-lo…

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How Brave Is The Wren

How Brave is the Wren is a travelling book shop who stock beautifully-crafted illustrated stories and picture books created b…

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Parents In Performing Arts Campaign

PIPA aims to campaign for cultural change towards parents in entertainment by highlighting the child-related challenges facin…

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Toy Box Club

Toy Box Club is a monthly subscription service. They provide a box of the best toys and books in the country straight to your…

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Little Village

Little Village provide good quality baby clothes and equipment, donated by families with surplus kit to families who need the…

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21st Century Children’s Centres

The idea of 21st Century Children's Centres is presented by Innovation Unit, the leading innovation partner for public s…

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The Brutalist Playground

Assemble worked in collaboration with artist Simon Terrill to create the Brutalist Playground: an immersive installation that…

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Mother & Child Education Program (MOCEP) is a reciprocal training programme for mother and child. AÇEV has been conducti…

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We love the sharing culture on Pinterest, where you can find boards upon boards of ideas for ways to engage babies & todd…

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TED-Ed’s commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. Within T…

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Code Club

Code Club is a nationwide community of volunteers sharing a passion for digital making with children aged 9-11. They create p…

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Reggio Emilia Approach

The Reggio Emilia Approach is an educational philosophy based on the child as a subject of rights who learns and grows throug…

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Capital of Children

The Danish town of Billund was established as the Capital of Children by Billund Municipality and the LEGO Foundation in 2012…

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Playing Out CIC

Playing Out is a Community Interest Company set up to activate street play across the UK. Their website acts as a free resour…

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Playbox is a 20ft shipping container, transformed into a mini venue filled with tools for imagination and play. It allows cre…

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Forest Schools

Forest Schools offer learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop through active learning experiences in a woodland …

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Children’s Science Park

The Children's Science Park is a permanent exhibition within the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum. Created by iart…

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Intergenerational Learning Center

The Intergenerational Learning Center (ILC) is an award-winning childcare program located within Providence Mount St. Vincent…

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Accademia dei Bambini

With the opening of a permanent cultural complex in Milan, the Fondazione Prada offers new opportunities to enlarge and enric…

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Risky Play

The Land is an adventure playground in Plas Madoch, Wales that fosters “risky play”, where children over 5 can make, brea…

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Logan LaPlante

13-year-old Logan LaPlante is taking a different path in his education. He combines the “hacker mindset” with a network o…

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The HackerMoms of Berkley, California are an awesome community of makers, doers & learners. Founded in April 2012, Mother…

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