The All Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood, which, last November, called for a new national play strategy for England, underpinned by legislation, has convened a working group to develop its proposals for new government play policy. The group met at the end of April and will be researching and drafting its recommendations under the following headings (subject to change):
- An overview of play in the UK and comparison with other countries
- The roles and responsibilities of government in supporting play in England and the devolved UK .
- Play in early years settings, primary and secondary schools.
- Outdoor and indoor play: barriers and opportunities.
- Play training needs of the children’s workforce.
- Guidance about play for families.
- Play and the planning system.
- Risk and safety in play.
- Play, diversity and inclusion.
- The role of the media, advertising and the play industry in children’s play.
- Educational learning through play, before and during the school years; the role of technology in play.
- The role of playwork and staffed play provision.
- The health benefits of play – mental, emotional and physical; play as therapy; how play contributes to the public health agenda.
- The economic and social benefits of play.
- A government strategy for play – scope, aims and objectives.
The group aims to complete its initial research and drafting phase by 18th June, and to publish its full report later in the summer. A number of play professionals, including academics, are supporting the work of the group and would like to invite others in the field to contribute.
Short submissions under any of the above headings (please say which), containing specific policy proposals with fully referenced supporting evidence wherever possible, can be sent to email@example.com on or before 30 May 2015.