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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



Freedom: The Process of Play and its Value

We should value play simply for the process itself, as many of its benefits emerge only later

Nevena Mitranic is a third year doctoral student in Preschool Pedagogy at the Department of Pedagogy and Andragogy of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade. At the same faculty she defended her Master’s thesis "Child’s Play in the context of Education Policy and Practice". Since September 2016, she has been working as a demonstrator for the courses Child’s Play and Creativity and Developing Early Childhood Education Practice, for Bachelor and Master Students at the Faculty of Philosophy, and also assisting in the program Curriculum Development and Evaluation.

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Guided by her professors’ saying that "child’s play develops flexibility of thought and action" she hopes her doctoral work will contribute to encouraging educators and practitioners to play more with children and discover unpredictable beauty of their profession, and help them gain better understanding of child’s play, its challenges and ways to overcome them. Due to the Novak Djokovic Foundation scholarship this year she has become a teaching assistant at the Department of Pedagogy and Andragogy of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade.

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19 December

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


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