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Children playing less now compared to first national lockdown in Wales

15-02-2021

Children aged 7 to 11 in Wales played less in January 2021, compared to May 2020 according to results from a new Wales wide survey. The survey was conducted by the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Sally Holland.

Findings in the Coronavirus and Me: A second nationwide survey of the views and experiences of children and young people in Wales report show young people aged 12 to 18 are also relaxing less compared to May 2020.

Children reported that they are missing outdoor play especially when talking about parks, playgrounds and beaches. Some children also report that they are missing playing outdoors with friends, with many stating they now play online more.

The report is based on the results of the Coronavirus and Me survey, which was completed by almost 20,000 children and young people aged 3 to 18, in January 2021.

Play Wales says

‘Although not surprised, Play Wales is concerned to hear that the latest Coronavirus and Me survey shows a decrease in the numbers of children reporting having spent more time playing. We renew our calls to put play at the heart of supporting children as part of coronavirus recovery, particularly as some return to school. We join the Children’s Commissioner in emphasising a focus on well-being, and a supportive return. There must be dedicated time for children of all ages to play and relax together. This is not a case of choosing between providing for education catch-up or playing – playing offers children the opportunity to keep well and happy. When children are well and happy, they are better equipped to learn and connect.’

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