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?
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