Policy for Play

Media release from the Children’s Play Policy Forum:

The UK’s Children’s Play Policy Forum is calling for all UK political parties to invest in children’s play because of the proven benefits to children, families and communities.

‘Four asks for play’ calls on the UK Government to:
Recognise the need for play before school, during play/break times and after school hours

Extend the existing Department of Health-funded programme supporting regular sessional road closures in residential streets in England to every major city in the UK

Invest in a programme focusing on disadvantaged communities to encourage appropriate play in public space, while reducing neighbourhood conflict and the resulting pressure on police time

Provide support for staffed play provision to test innovative community-based health and well-being initiatives.
Investing in the ‘Four asks for play’ will result in improvements in children’s health and wellbeing, the Children’s Play Policy Forum says, and hence a reduction…

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