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National Playday 2018, 02/08/2018 [W/E/S/N.I.]

01 August 2018 was Playday across the UK.

Minister for Children, Huw Irranca-Davies AM, challenged parents and children across Wales to spend the day being physically active, and the Children’s Commissioners for all four UK countries made a joint statement urging everyone to play their part ensuring that the UK created the best possible opportunities for all children and young people to embrace their right to play.

Huw Irranca-Davies stressed the importance of physical activity for children and the multiple benefits. He also noted that by the age of 11, more than 40% of Welsh children are either obese or overweight.

He said: “As well as a celebration of children’s right to play, National Playday is a great way of focussing on the important role play should have in children’s lives.”

The Children Commissioner for Wales, along with Commissioners of England, Northern Ireland and Scotland, highlighted children’s right to play under Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child.

The Commissioners go on to urge adults to consider how they can help children and young people across the UK to have space, permission and support to play, and governments and statutory agencies to actively promote and protect children’s rights to play, by ensuring there is adequate provision.

To read more from the Welsh Government on Playday, you can visit their website here. The Children’s Commissioner’s statement on Playday can be found in full here.