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Taking play seriously - Investing in Europe’s Future


Study finds play and cognitive skills in kindergarten predict civic engagement in later life

Cognitive skills and experiences like classroom-based play in kindergarten lead to participation in extracurricular activities in 8th grade among children growing up in poverty, finds a new study led by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

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30 October

IPA conference highlights play sector challenges

In the second part of this reflection on themes of the IPA world conference in Calgary, Robin Sutcliffe identifies funding cuts and parental anxiety as major obstacles to the aspirations of play advocates, leaving providers isolated and disconnected from the ambition of the ‘movers and shakers’ of the play world.

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24 October



Play is Never Optional - the Importance of Play for Children Growing Up in Poverty

Katerina Nanou, Policy and Advocacy Officer at Eurochild

For children growing up in poverty, opportunities for play are often even more restricted. Today, there are 25 million children at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU. In fact, there are 9 million children in the EU, who do not have access to leisure activities at all (Eurostat).

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20 November

Bringing Play to Children Young and Old

Renate Fuchs, Coordinator of the European Toy Libraries Group

Play has always been a part of human life and, like everything else around us, it changes over time.

Since the first toy libraries were set up in Europe around 40 years ago, we have seen a lot of changes in the types of play we bring to children. In the beginning, it was mainly about board games and traditional toys like vehicles. Over the years the range of toys and play we offer has expanded.

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15 September


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