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Play – setting up children to #beactive for life
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Play – setting up children to #beactive for life

As an official partner of the European Commission’s European Week of Sport, Toy Industries of Europe (TIE) put play in the spotlight with a round table discussion to talk about play’s role in setting children up to #beactive for life. In the face of the EU’s worsening inactivity crisis, it is vital to get EU citizens...

European Commission recognises play during the European Week of Sport
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European Commission recognises play during the European Week of Sport

The fifth European Week of Sport will run from the 23 – 30 September and encourages people from across Europe to be more active. The initiative, run by the European Commission, promotes the importance of physical activity to people’s wellbeing. We are delighted that the Commission has – besides sport – recognised play as a...

Taking play seriously: investing in Europe’s future
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Taking play seriously: investing in Europe’s future

Despite the recognised benefits of children’s play, it is increasingly under threat – a worrying fact that the United Nations highlighted in early 2013. With this in mind, MEP Anna Maria Corazza Bildt hosted an event in the European Parliament in Brussels on 28 May, ‘Taking play seriously: investing in Europe’s future’, to focus on the importance of play for children’s well-being, development and education.

Realising Article 31 … a shared responsibility
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Realising Article 31 … a shared responsibility

Robyn Monro Miller, President of the International Play Association 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. “Adults in many...

What Kind of Europe do Children Want?
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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...

What do Teachers Think about the Benefits of Play?
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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...

Freedom: The Process of Play and its Value
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Freedom: The Process of Play and its Value

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...