Play in the media
Here is a summary of the latest play related articles and blogs to be published online.
Putting children at the heart of urban planning: a call for action
Rethinking Childhood (Tim Gill, Adrian Voce, Darell Hammond and Mariana Brussoni)
According to Gill, Voce, Hammond and Brussoni, by putting children at the heart of urban planning, it will encourage children to play outside. The authors explore what needs to happen to our neighbourhoods to make them child-friendly, which will help towards children’s health and development.
Outdoor learning helps children build ‘invaluable life skills’
Independent Education Today
Project Dirt and Learning Through Landscapes reported in 2018 that 81 percent of UK teachers wanted more time to take children outside to learn. In this article, Alex Alves, a forest school leader, explains the importance of outdoor learning and playing for children to grow and develop.
Convention on the rights of the child: Two-thirds of young people ‘Have never heard of act’
Children & Young People Now (Fiona Simpson)
A new survey conducted by The Children’s Society revealed that two-thirds of young people in England, Scotland and Wales have never heard of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Louise King, the director of the Children’s Rights Alliance for England says the research has led to calls for more school lessons about children’s rights.
Stop helicoptering other people’s kids
New York Post (Karol Markowicz)
Should I let my kid climb trees? We asked five experts
The Conversation (Sasha Petrova)
Fight for your right to play
Active for Life (Coach Jim)
‘We’re cosseting our kids’ – the war against today’s dangerously dull playgrounds
The Guardian (Oliver Wainwright)
Talking Play and Imagination with Peter Gray
Resilience (Rob Hopkins)
Could the Recent Decline in Children’s Reading Skills Be Due to the Decline in free Play?
Let Grow (Let Grow and Barbara Chutroo)
Writing and reading starts with children’s hands-on play
The Conversation (Hetty Roessingh)
Australians believe children should play more – just not during school hours
The Sydney Morning Herald (Natassia Chrysanthos)
Outdoor play all year round
National Day Nurseries Association (Sue Asquith)
The Chinese educational revolution with outdoor play as its beating heart
Children learn through play – shouldn’t stop at preschool
The Conversation (Kate Noble)
Early years leaders support calls to recruit more men to sector
Children & Young People Now (Nina Jacobs)
Children in childcare are not getting enough moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity
The Conversation (Trish Tucker and Leigh Vanderloo)
Focus: The PM and Speaker of the House officially opened a playground on Parliament’s front lawn today
New Zealand Herald
Children ‘benefit from mixed-age play’
Child in the City (Simon Weedy)