Politics of play: The push to reinforce children’s playtime as playtime

Mother And Young Children Playing With Water Table In Garden
Mother And Young Children Playing With Water Table In Garden

IT’S supposed to be all fun and games, but playtime in Perth is about to turn political.

Early Childhood Australia WA wants the State Government to define a WA Play Strategy that reinforces how play matters for all children and young people.

“We know from our research play has to be everyone’s business, we can not afford to allow children to have their most natural form of learning be demised,” committee member Jayne Kaiko said.

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Believing that the opportunity for play experiences in early childhood, school and care settings is diminishing, the organisation is campaigning for Government attention ahead of next year’s State election.

This month it will host a play fair at Perth Individual Montessori School, in Burswood Road, Burswood to expose play-based providers to a wider market but also to continue to gather support for it’s campaign.

Ms Kaiko said more than 7300 people and 130 organisations had already backed their call to raise the status of play importance, particularly in school environments.

Providers at the Play Fair on Saturday, March 23 will include those who specialise in experiences, activities, services and resources for children’s play.

The afternoon event is targeted at parents, teachers, educators, carers, policy makers and, naturally, children.

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