Why aren't children playing outdoors?


A recent report by Play England, Play Wales, Play Scotland and Play Board Northern Ireland, found that more than 50% of adults played out at least seven times a week when growing up, compared to less than a quarter of children today.

The UK-wide opinion poll* was conducted to support and inform the Playday 2013 Playful Places campaign. Results reveal that unwelcoming communities are stopping children playing out as much as they would like in the streets and areas where they live, and highlights fears from parents, from traffic to being judged by their neighbors.

CREC recognises the importance of playing and learning outdoors for children's development and in conjunction with Birmingham City University offers an MA-level course for all practitioners interested in expanding their theoretical knowledge of learning outdoors in early childhood.

If you would like to find out more and apply, please visit the Learning Outdoors in EC module page.  

*The opinion poll was conducted by One Poll in July 2013, with 1,000 children between 5 and 16 years old, 1,000 parents of children between 5 and 16 years old and 1,000 adults, all sampled throughout the UK.

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