As well as a celebration of children’s right to play, Playday is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children’s lives.
Playday is coordinated by Play England, in partnership with Play Wales, Play Scotland and PlayBoard Northern Ireland.
Playday is coordinated by Play England, Play Wales, Play Scotland, PlayBoard Northern Ireland and a national steering group.
Back in 1986, rumours were rife of imminent cuts on school-based play centres and adventure playgrounds in London.
In response, a group of playworkers called a meeting to see what they could do.
Not many turned up, but unperturbed Mick Conway, Paul Bonel and Kim Holdaway
put their heads together and came up with the notion of having a day for play.
Their initial aims were to raise the profile of play and alert people locally to the potential loss of children’s play services.
They had no idea that it would become anything more than an inner London campaign
to persuade boroughs to continue to support playgrounds and play centres.
From just a couple of events in 1987, Playday grew to around a dozen in London by 1989,
went national in 1991and is now the biggest celebration of children’s play in the UK, if not Europe.
Last year communities across the UK celebrated Playday at more than 850 events.
Nearly thirty years later, Playday again provides an opportunity for the play sector to raise awareness
about the importance of play in children’s lives, and show decision-makers that cutting local play
services will have devastating effects on children, families and whole communities.
I just love this campaign and would like to share their plight with you. Play UK is running a survey to find out about
what you think about playing today and how have playopportunitieschanged for children, families and communities through time?
They want to understand the nature of play in the UK today and how it has changed over the last 30 years.
Could you spare some time to complete their online survey?
We want to encourage PLAY the old fashioned way!