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But Where can We Play, Miss?

kids playing outsideThe latest blow to New Zealand kids and their learning is that our playgrounds are under threat.

Experts agree that play is very important to health and learning, saying that “Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth.” (1)

In fact, play is so very important to child development that the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights lists play as a right of every child.

Despite this, in parts of New Zealand children will soon be lucky to have somewhere to run, jump and adventure at break time.

“We cannot rule out the time when some city schools are housed in buildings with no playing fields, but it is the nature of New Zealand cities that it is likely that there will always be plenty of green spaces available,” a ministry spokeswoman told the Herald on Sunday.”

I do wonder what our schools will look like in ten, fifteen or twenty years’ time if these changes continue unchecked.

Does this worry anyone else?


Sources & further reading

(1) The Importance of Play

Child Action: The Importance of Play

Children are being deprived of playing fields

NZ Herald – Fields could be a dream


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2 thoughts on “But Where can We Play, Miss?

  1. The problem for city schools is a thorny one. Even more worrying is the widespread removal of play time in USA schools in order to “maximise instructional time” in preparation for high stakes standardised testing”. In my school, as the principal, I was only permitted by my superintendent to allow the children 15 minutes free play recess each day. This came close to child abuse in my view. I have addressed this a couple of times in my blog. Australia and NZ need to be aware of the union tended consequences of GERM.


    Posted by patbuoncristiani | January 6, 2013, 12:11 pm

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