Is play important to your child’s well being?
It would seem that this is very much the case. There seems to be so many children attending out of school activities at such a frenetic rate, every minute of a child’s day is taken up with ballet, music, gym, tuition, athletics, baseball, basket ball… the list is endless…. Oh and yes…not to mention video games…!
While I can see the benefits of many of these pursuits and do not want to give parents a hard time about this. I do ask parents and care givers to think about the work play balance for children in their lives.
You never have your childhood again. I remember listening to radio conversations of elite sportsmen and women talking about their childhoods. Though they seem to have no regrets, love their sport and expressed the distinct advantages of starting young. There was that notion expressed that their childhood was a little lost to them.
Not all our children will reach an elite status in a chosen sport or art or subject. I am not saying that children should not be encouraged to strive to reach their full potential. But just to encourage a balance and that providing a time for a child to just chill and play is ok.
Latest research from Google Alerts
According to the Children’s Play Policy Forum, play can have numerous benefits for young people, from supporting the development of their language skills to helping them learn independently and manage risks.
One notable finding was that it can also have a favourable impact on their state of mind, with children who go to playgrounds with their parents often being happier in their family unit.
In addition, making use of public play and youth facilities was found to make children less likely to engage in low-level crime and anti-social behaviour.
Tim Gill, author of the report, commented: “At the core is the message that not only does outdoor play impact significantly on the lives of children and young people, it also in many cases can provide a basis for the transformation of wider communities.”
Robin Sutcliffe, chairman of the Children’s Play Policy Forum, added that the report offers “compelling evidence” of how play can impact on various policy areas, such as education and health.
Earlier this year we reported a University of Hildesheim in Germany study that found children who enjoy plenty of time to play freely are more likely to experience social success as adults than their counterparts whose every waking moment is carefully scheduled.
So Something to consider… your child’s program and yours…we are all working with the choices we make.
The website for Play England Freedom to Play
Play England’s vision is for England to be a country were all children and young people can fully enjoy their right to play.
(This is a direct quote from their website.)
“The Childrens Play Policy Forum brings together leading play agencies, government departments and other bodies to focus on play within the broader scope of national policy.”
The forum aims to:
-advise government on play related policy
-advocate for play and develop coordinated policy responses
-identify research and highlight good practise
-lobby government to achieve full implementation of Article 31 of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child.
A very interesting website, check it out.
In the mean time consider this.
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