Minister for Children says: ‘Let’s get our children out playing’
Parents and children across Wales are being challenged by the Children’s Minister, to spend Playday being physically active, rather than being indoors.
Huw Irranca-Davies is using this year’s Playday to urge children and parents to get out and play, either in their own community or by attending one of the many events taking place in parks and other open spaces across Wales.
Minister for Children, Huw Irranca-Davies said:
‘These days, children and young people spend a lot of their time indoors playing computer games and using their mobile phones and other electronic devices to socialise with their friends. But the amount of time they spend outdoors, being physically active, is falling. This is one of the reasons why 40% of Welsh children are either obese or overweight by the time they reach the age of 11.
The Welsh Government places great value on play and its importance in the lives of our children. We believe children have a fundamental right to be able to play and that play is central to their enjoyment of life.
As well as a celebration of children’s right to play, National Playday is a great way of focussing on the important role play should have in children’s lives. Play is essential for the growth in children’s cognitive, physical, social and emotional development. It also contributes to their and their families’ health and well-being, as well as their future life chances.
I want to urge parents to use this year’s National Playday as an opportunity to get their children out to play.’