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Play Matters: April 2016

Hello to all our Play Matters subscribers!

A very busy April has flown by so fast that we forgot to send our newsletter out at the end of the month! We hope you've been out to enjoy lots of play, even if the weather has been quite changeable - we've had everything from t-shirt weather to snow showers!

Our biggest news this month was the retirement of our Play Improvement Group chair, Cath King. Cath was such an inspirational person to work with, and will be greatly missed - we wish her all the best in her retirement, and hope she enjoys all the plans she's already made to fill her free time! :)

As always, if you have any play-related news, big or small, drop us an email - we'd love to hear from you!

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Play News

Dirt is Good campaign - Sir Ken Robinson video
Following on from a survey conducted by Persil which found that three-quarters of UK children spend less time outside than prison inmates, Sir Ken Robinson has spoken on the importance of play. As part of the Dirt is Good campaign sponsored by Persil in the UK, the renowned educationalist has delivered a 20 minute talk on why play matters for children's development and learning. To watch the video, click here.

Child mental health crisis 'worse than suspected'
The government's mental health champion for schools in England and Wales has warned that the crisis in children’s mental health is far worse than most people suspect and we are in danger of “medicalising childhood”. Natasha Devon, who has worked in schools for almost a decade delivering mental health and wellbeing classes, said an average of three children in a class were diagnosed with a mental illness, but many more went undiagnosed. To read more on this article, click here.
 
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When Kids Create Their Own Playground - The Atlantic

Tips for Making Play Inclusive - Playworks

20 traditional games Scottish people played in their childhood - Scotland Now

The Playwork Principles - Play Wales

Top 10 easiest ever wild time ideas - The Wild Network
Our favourite play quotes this month




Great quote from Twitter via @earlyplay








Our favourite quote on Facebook this month, from Children & Nature Network







Great quote from Pinterest via Explorations Early Learning
 
Dates for your diary

Walk to School Week - 16th to 20th May 2016 - Join over a million pupils and their families to celebrate walking to school.

Empty Classroom Day - 17th June 2016 - a day when schools sign up and promise to hold at least one lesson outside, such a great opportunity for outdoor learning.

Play Day - 3rd August 2016 - Playday is the national day for play in the UK, when thousands of children and their families get out to play at hundreds of community events across the country.
 
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