Playday research

Play England and partners coordinate Playday, the national day for play. Each year, we publish a comprehensive body of research to support the campaign and to help highlight the importance of play in children’s lives.   

Playday 2010: Our place

Figures released for Playday 2010 revealed that the loss of community spirit in Britain is leading to children not being allowed to play outside where they live.

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Playday 2009: Make time!

The 2009 opinion poll found that nearly three-quarters of parents (72%) want more time to play with their children or to take them places to play.

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Playday 2008: Give us a go!

Research published to support the Give us a go! campaign explored the benefits and challenges of enabling children to manage their own risks whilst playing.

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Playday 2007: Our streets too!

The 2007 research provides a valuable insight into how children and young people enjoy the immediate public realm and how their play and informal recreation is becoming increasingly restricted.

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Playday 2006: Play naturally

The 2006 report looked at the benefits of play on children’s health and well-being, and outlined what we should be doing to compensate for the loss of natural play space in recent years.

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