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Play in the media


Here is a summary of the latest play related articles and blogs to be published online.

The problem with our schools? There’s not enough playtime
Unilever (Sir Ken Robinson)

Sir Ken Robinson – educator and author, says that play needs to be reinstated in schools. The rise of standardised testing and a focus on academic achievements means that children today are missing out on the physical, emotional and social benefits of unstructured, outdoor play. Sir Ken Robinson is an advocate of Outdoor Classroom Day – a global campaign to encourage outdoor learning and play. In a recent survey conducted by Project Dirt – an organiser of Outdoor Classroom Day, It was found that taking the classroom outside meant that children were excited to learn, and that some of the pupils’ behaviour improved. 

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Why Children Aren't Behaving, And What You Can Do About It
NPR (Cory Turner) 

This article features an interview with Katherine Reynolds Lewis – an American journalist, parent educator and mother of three on why children today are having trouble managing their behaviour and emotions. She states that one of the factors is that the way children play today has changed. According to Lewis, some of the changes to play are: that children are under more supervision, they don’t have the opportunity to take risks or opportunities to resolve disputes with other children. This means that they’re missing out on developing crucial social and emotional skills. 

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The best parts of your childhood probably involved things today’s kids will never know
Quartz (Annabelle Timsit)

This article reflects on the 400 responses to the Twitter question by US author Morgan Jenkins asking – ‘What was a part of your childhood that you now recognize was a privilege to have or experience?’ The answers generally fell into four different categories: the ability to take risks, time with family, reading books and a living without digital technology. These answers indicate that the responders think that children today are far less likely to have had these experiences than previous generations. 

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  • Defending children’s right to play
    Playing Out 

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  • Less Screen Time, More Green Time – Why All Kids Should Have Forest School Sessions
    Huffington Post (Lydia Hoye)

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  • Realising Article 31 … a shared responsibility
    Importance of Play blog (Robyn Monro Miller)

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  • Ofsted is 'not calling for play to be removed from Reception' says chief
    Day Nurseries (Sue Learner)

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  • Would you give your kids total freedom?
    BBC News

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  • Forest School: 9 ways children benefit from learning and playing outside

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  • Regret of parents who don’t play outside with their kids
    The Express (Anil Dawar)

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  • Building a Community in Brooklyn’s Backyards

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  • Breaking gender stereotypes early
    Child in the City (Tania King)

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