Playday 2017

Playday is an annual event which takes place on the first Wednesday in August (this year being 2nd August 2017) and is a campaign held to celebrate the importance of Play in children’s lives. Playday is coordinated by Play England, Play Wales, Play Scotland, PlayBoard Northern Ireland and a national steering group. More information about all groups can be found by clicking here.

So what is play?

Play is an essential part of every child’s life; it helps them to build on their social, emotional, intellectual and physical development. It helps them to build social and behavioural skills. Contrary to stereotypes, play can be quiet and contemplative as well as boisterous and energetic. Children may choose to play on their own or with others. Play is freely chosen by the child to satisfy the child.

Article 31 of the United Nations Convention states that:

Parties recognise the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.
Parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.

Foundation Years has some great articles about supporting play, and you can also find a PDF which specifically addresses learning, playing and interacting.

There are lots of events taking place all over the country on Playday, find out if there’s one near you. Can’t make it to a community-wide event? Take a look here to see how you can get involved whether you are a Nursery, Pre-school or a Childminder. Alternatively, here are some great ideas for a ‘Wet and Windy Playday’, after all this is the UK!

You can find out more about this years Playday theme or how to arrange your own event on Twitter @Playday4Nations or on Facebook.

Click here to see what else is happening this month.

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