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Taking play seriously - Investing in Europe’s Future


Doctors Recommend Play as Great Medicine

Time for play every day keeps the doctor away.

So says the American Academy of Pediatrics, who on Monday released a new report entitled "The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children". It calls for doctors to write literal prescriptions for children to be allocated more time for play, citing the important role it has in their lives.

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23 August

Playgrounds: a safe answer to the mortal risk of physical inactivity

Challenging playgrounds are an evident answer to the physical inactivity of today’s children. They encourage self-chosen, voluntary physical activity. They are among the activities that children themselves mention as their favourite pastime. The WHO in their Global Guidelines for Physical Activity for Health mentions play first, when describing what activities count as physical activity for the 5-18 years old.

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22 November



What do Teachers Think about the Benefits of Play?

Francesca Woods, Trainee Educational Psychologist

In many European countries, September marks the start of a new academic year with children returning to school following a (hopefully) playful summer break. The evidence on the benefits of play to children’s development is widely accepted, yet despite this, there continue to be many barriers standing in the way of children accessing opportunities to play, particularly within education settings.

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29 August

What Kind of Europe do Children Want?

Anna, Member of Eurochild Children’s Council

The Play Blog is normally a place for us to share expert views on the importance and impact of play in children’s lives. As regular readers know, the UN recognises every child’s right to play, but this is one right amongst many that contribute to children leading happy and fulfilled lives. Policy makers have an important role in protecting these rights by thinking about how their decisions will affect children. However, to help children fully exercise their rights it’s important that their voices are included in the decision making process itself, including when it comes to the provision of adequate time and space to play.

Recently, Eurochild and UNICEF have joined together to do just this. They have launched a public survey that asks what kind of Europe children want. We’ve invited Eurochild Children’s Council member, 15-year-old Anna from Greece, to let readers know why it is so important for children to make their voices heard about what the Europe they want looks like.

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25 July


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