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Child's Right to Play

Muddy Hands - Increasing time for play in school - Cath Prisk, Harry Cusworth and Tom Sheppard

The biggest EVER global survey of playtime length and access to play space in schools undertaken to support the global Outdoor Classroom Day campaign plus the data and research to convince schools to make playtime important whether they are interested in attainment, health, mental wellbeing, the environment or children's happiness. 
This session will provide an overview of what we know and a discussion of what else is needed to convince teachers, parents and policy makers that playtime in school and out should be part of every child's day.

TIME: 9:30 LENGTH: 1 hour TARGET AUDIENCE: For Anyone

Children have right to play but not freedom - Rob Wheway

Having the right to play is pointless if you don't have the freedom. In my career in children's play, ie since the 1970s, children have had less and less freedom to play out compared to previous generations. Children's play strategies acknowledge the loss of freedom to play, but hardly any recommend ways in which this could be improved.   Playworkers are quite understandably focused on their adventure playground or play centre and consequently do not spend time researching how children play out in their local environment. As a playworker, you may be asked to advise on your local authority's play strategy.  This puts you in a crucial position to improve children’s play.  This session will help you to know how to approach this.

TIME: 10:45LENGTH: 1 hour TARGET AUDIENCE: For Anyone

Play, The International Language of Childhood - Becci Bennett

During a recent project in Transylvania, it hit me how play takes precedent over any language and how the need for translation was redundant. 
During this session we will explore the work that goes on for the Transylvania Play Project and how play naturally occurs between varying languages.

TIME: 12:00 LENGTH: 1 hour TARGET AUDIENCE: For Anyone

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