The mood in the media appears to be constantly supportive of increased outdoor play. In this first of three special programmes on ITV in the UK, Julie Etchingham states in her report that children need the time and space to play outdoors. She goes on to reveal that in an especially commissioned poll on Mumsnet 78% of respondents say that children don’t play outdoors enough.
The ‘Playing Out‘ project started by Alice Ferugson and Amy Rose is highlighted in the programme as the great practice it is, but it’s great to hear the point made that this is part of the journey and not the solution. We need to build confidence for children to enjoy outdoor play without all the organisation that is currently needed to get things jump started.
As the childhood expert and Love Outdoor Play supporter states in the programme “children are not free-ranged, they are battery-reared”. We have heard enough of these stories in the press now, in the playground and at dinner parties people know the issues… it’s time to step out, act and simply open our doors.
To watch the programme click here. The section on outdoor play is from 08:42.