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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
2018 marks the 5th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations General Comment 17 on the right of the child to play. Today is World Play Day: it’s time to reflect on just how far we have gone in those five years.Read more ›
We have seen a growing number of social awareness campaigns led by NGOS and public bodies towards the promotion of “non-sexist” toys in recent years, especially in the run up to Christmas. Although it is great that society is becoming more and more sensitive to the idea of diversity in play, these kind of actions do not start from an accurate point of view and can be misleading.Read more ›