Child's Right to Play - The Reasons Why
Why does the world's most
successful Treaty, the UN Convention on the Rights of The
Child, include the Right to Play? Why is so much
emphasis given by educators, doctors, researchers etc to
because for the Child, its Play may be 'messing about', Fun.
seemingly aimless, something every child does
without thinking whether it has to or not, but it is also
just about the most important thing it does.
Play is about Learning, about
trial and error, about discovery, about relationships,
indeed about exploring the world around it. Not for
nothing has Play been called 'the child's natural business'.
Imagine a world where suddenly something
stops all our adult activity in its tracks. Who would
do the 'next thing' and what would that be? Children
might just Play? They do in every conceivable
situation and circumstance as soon as they are able, they
And yet, we adults have ensured
that much of the child's play environment has been
compromised - residential streets occupied by the car,
children's freedom to play restricted by fears, intolerance,
adult agendas and pressures. Their health is
compromised as is their healthy development.
The role of Fair Play for
Children is to keep that right and obligation before
society, and to encourage people to fight for its advance.
We seek your support, membership,
ACTION. We are a Campaign for
The Child's Right to Play - JOIN US!
Just a thought ..... imagine
a world without children playing and where we cannot join
in with them!
What Fair Play is doing, its policies and
We publish 2x weekly,
covering issues around childhood, play, health and
other rights set out in the UN CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF
THE CHILD - see below for text
We also publish midweek The
Fair Play for Children Research Resource, which can be viewed HERE
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