Play and coronavirus

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Playing is a crucial part of a happy and healthy childhood. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, children still need and want to play. Playing helps children manage their emotions and make sense of their situation.

We all want to continue to support children during this challenging time. Practitioners are working in different ways to support children’s play during the Covid-19 pandemic and as we gradually emerge from restrictions. Most parents are also spending more time at home with their children at present.

To help practitioners and parents make sure children have plenty of time, space and freedom to play we have published a range of practical and supportive resources:

Information for those working with children

Information about playing at home

Colleagues at organisations across the UK and beyond have also made a number of publications and blogs available to support the sector, as well as parents.

Several organisations are busy conducting research into the effects of Covid-19 on children’s lives – some findings have already started to be analysed and published.

Information from organisations supporting play and playwork

We will continue to add to this section of the website as we develop new resources, as part of our supportive response to the pandemic.

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