Space to play and much more!

Calling all 6 – 16 year olds to come join us in the After School program on June 11th, 2024, usual time; 3 – 6 pm. The Play Workers are coming up with fun for all to enjoy.

It’s the FIRST international day of play.

The UN recognises the impact of play – and chose this day, every year from 2024, to mark a significant milestone in efforts to preserve, promote, and prioritise playing so that all people, especially children, can reap the rewards and thrive to their full potential.

Play “also fosters resilience, creativity, and innovation in individuals. For children in particular, play helps build relationships and improves control, overcome trauma, and problem-solving. It helps children develop the cognitive, physical, creative, social, and emotional skills they need to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Restricting opportunities for play directly impedes a child’s well-being and development. In educational settings, play-based learning has been recognised as an effective approach to engage students actively in the learning process. It helps make learning more enjoyable and relevant, thereby enhancing motivation and retention of information.

Moreover, play is considered to have a positive impact on promoting tolerance, resilience, and facilitating social inclusion, conflict prevention, and peacebuilding. In recognition of this, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child has enshrined play as a fundamental right of every child under Article 31.

The international day creates a unifying moment at global, national, and local levels to elevate the importance of play. It signals a call for policies, training, and funding to get play integrated into education and community settings worldwide.”

And that’s why WE at Slade Gardens Community Play Association CIO want to mark the occasion and join in. See you here kids?!