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Playday is an annual UK celebration of children's right to play, that always falls on the first Wednesday in August. Each year there is a theme that highlights a particular issue or aspect of children's play.

At Play Wales we see Playday as an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of children's play and the need for quality play provision every day of the year in all areas of Wales. On previous Playdays we have given radio and television interviews and supplied copy to newspapers and periodicals. 

Playday is the annual celebration of children's right to play and is coordinated by Play England, Play Wales, Play Scotland and PlayBoard Northern Ireland.

Playday 2018 took place on Wednesday 1 August. 

Playday 2018 

To celebrate 31 years of Playday this year’s theme is children’s right to play

Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) says that every child has the right to play. 

The Playday 2018 theme aims to: 

  • Support communities to come together to celebrate children’s right to play
  • Raise awareness about children’s right to play
  • Promote the importance of playing for children’s happiness as well as physical and mental health and wellbeing. 
     

To celebrate Playday all four children’s commissioners from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales stand together to support the importance of children’s play as an essential aspect of childhood. 
 
Sally Holland, Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Koulla Yiasouma, Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People, Bruce Adamson, Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Scotland, and Anne Longfield OBE Children’s Commissioner for England are urging everyone to play their part in ensuring the creation of the best possible opportunities for all children and young people to embrace their right to play.
 
The four Commissioners are calling for: 

  • All adults to consider how they can help children and young people across the UK have time, space, permission and support to play, both in their family life and in their community.
  • Organisations to think about whether they are doing all they can to empower and involve children and young people to have a say in ideas and decisions that affect their rights – including their right to play.
  • Governments and statutory agencies to actively promote and protect children’s right to play through the provision of adequate resources.

 

Download the Commissioners’ statement | view the Commissioners' Playday 2018 message

You can get involved in Playday by:

  • Holding a Playday celebration – whether your event is big or small, the more people that celebrate Playday the more noise we can make for children's play. Register your event online.
  • Spreading the word about the campaign – post it, Tweet it, Blog it! Help spread the word far and wide about children's right and need to play – #Playday2018.
  • Follow us on social media – Facebook and Twitter.
  • Becoming an official Playday supporter – if your organisation is passionate about children's play, why not become an official Playday 2017 campaign supporter?

 

More information is available on the Playday website.

Other resources 

These resources were produced for past Playday campaigns but may still be useful for this year's event planning.

Get organised guide (2010)

Playday - Your guide to holding an inclusive event

Playday event planning checklist

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