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Play in the media

22-05-2020

Here is a summary of the latest play related articles and blogs to be published online.

Prioritise play when schools reopen, say mental health experts
The Guardian (Sally Weale)

Child mental health experts are calling for children’s social and emotional well-being to be prioritised through play when schools reopen. The experts warn that children will be suffering from loneliness and isolation after being required to stay at home because of the coronavirus pandemic. The experts say playing should be essential as it will relieve stress and anxiety for children.

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Covid-19 and children: what does the science tell us, and what does this mean as the lockdown is eased?
Rethinking Childhood (Tim Gill)

This article looks at how the coronavirus pandemic control measures will affect children’s play and mobility. The author presents recommendations to support children through the pandemic, such as encourage schools and childcare centres to take learning activities outdoors and prioritising play and breaks.

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Play, creativity and boredom in lockdown
Park run (Dr Dan O’Hare)

This blog explores the benefits of unstructured and child led play. It also discusses boredom as a positive experience, which can help children be creative and imaginative.

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Coronavirus: children’s rights
In Brief (Michael Dauncey)

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Coronavirus spotlights equity and access issues with children’s right to play
The Conversation (Christine Alden)

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Scotland’s outdoor play initiative has some lessons for the rest of the world
The Conversation (Michal Perlman, Catherine Bergeron and Nina Howe)

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Playing through the pandemic
Playboard NI (Frances Walsh)

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Why children need to play with their friends as soon as they can
The Conversation (Helen Dodd, Katheryn Lester and Sam Cartwright-Hatton)

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Keith Towler: Youth work in Wales rises to the challenges of the lockdown
Education Workforce Council (Keith Towler)

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Scotland eyes outdoor learning as model for reopening of schools
The Guardian (Libby Brooks)

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Children’s screen time up by two hours a day in lockdown
Nursery World (Annette Rawstrone)

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Taking learning outside the classroom, a response to COVID-19
Linkedin (Rob Carmichael)

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Touch a shadow, ‘You’re it!’: New routines as Denmark returns to schools after coronavirus lockdown
NBC News (Molly Hunger and Ziad Jaber)

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Childcare in an age of coronavirus
Tribune (Christine Berry)

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Children’s Play culture: Will the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Change the Way Kids Play
30 seconds (Mike Prochaska)

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Playing in Nature Protects Our Children During a Pandemic
Backwoods Mama

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Playing helps parents too, but finding time and space is challenging – how can ECEC help?
The Sector (Freya Lucas)

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Prioritizing children’s freedom to play with friends to ease stress of lockdown
Medical Xpress (Neil Vowles)

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How to run a Zoom play date for children
Medium (PlayKX)

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Plot Twist: Coronavirus Saves Childhood
Today Parenting team (Jessica Smart)

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Ten ways to teach your kids through play during COVID-19
Phys.Org (University of Toronto)

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It’s Not Children’s Education We Should Worry About, It’s Their Mental Health
Forbes (Mick Morrison)

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