Research: 'well-off children play less'
Research conducted by the department of social sciences at Sligo Institute of Technology and Early Childhood Ireland has found that children from middle class families have fewer opportunities to play out as they are ‘much more likely to be heavily scheduled within structured and timetabled extracurricular activities’.
The study aimed to ‘capture data on how children in modern Ireland [aged 0-15] are playing within neighbourhood spaces including streets, greens, playgrounds, laneways and parks’. The study included interviewing 1700 families in 240 communities – in both urban and rural areas.
The study also found that although girls play outdoors less often than boys they are more likely to engage with nature.