This is an invitation on behalf of all the children of Wales to take part in this year’s Playday. Playday is the ideal time to show the children of Wales that we value their wishes, their needs and their well-being.
The Playday 2021 campaign theme – Summer of Play – highlights the importance of giving children and teenagers across Wales and the rest of the UK the freedom to play. As well as celebrating children’s right to play, this years’ Playday recognises the challenges children and teenagers have faced over the past year and the need to enjoy time for play – free of restrictions, with their friends, having fun.
Whilst Playday is the national day for play in the UK, this year we are encouraging families, carers, and communities to help children enjoy a Summer of Play.
· Playing is essential for children’s mental health and well-being.
· Playing helps children cope with stress and anxiety and fosters resilience, enabling children to better deal with challenges.
· Playing gives children the opportunity to have fun, laugh, take time out, relax, and build friendships.
· Playing outside allows children to appreciate nature, the environment, and feel part of their community.
· Playing is fundamental to children’s happiness, and happy children lead to happier communities.
We are calling on everyone across Wales and the rest of the UK to help us celebrate every child’s right to play. This year, we are encouraging families and children’s settings to celebrate Playday in their local communities.
Playday organisers in your constituency would welcome the support and attention of national politicians to highlight the importance of positive attitudes towards playing children. If you’d like to show your support on social media, please use the hashtags #Playday2021 and #SummerOfPlay.
As you will know Wales has internationally unique legislation – the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010 which places a duty on local authorities to assess and provide for all children’s play. This has provided an excellent backdrop for Play Wales’ work – changing attitudes is the most cost-effective way of sufficiently providing for children’s play.
Local people can and do make a massive difference to children’s play experience. We are calling for people within communities across Wales to stand up for (and with) children – working together in small ways to create positive attitudes so that Wales is a play friendly country. Nothing will change for children unless we make a start in our own ‘backyard’.
For more information about Playday visit www.playday.org.uk or contact us so that we can provide further details.