Playday 2015 attracted over 170,000 children and adults to ‘Play more’ across the UK.
The campaign aimed to:
- Encourage children to play more at home, in the street, at school and in the community
- Support parents to allow their children to ‘Play more…’
- Foster communities to come together to celebrate children’s right to play.
Put simply, Playday 2015 recognised that playing is the way children experience the world, learn about the environment and form important relationships with friends, parents and their families. Playing allows children to find out about themselves and test their capabilities. Through playing children take on physical and social challenges that build resilience and confidence.
This year Playday was endorsed by the Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland, former President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Chair of Play Wales, and the Children’s Commissioner for England. Screenings of the Project Wild Thing, organised by The Wild Network and the Free Time Consortium, helped spread the word about more children playing outside and connecting with nature.
For more information see the Playday 2015 media release.