Early Childhood in Focus No 9: The Right to Play

Date: 22nd October 2013
Category: Disability, Basic Health and Welfare

'The Right to Play' is the ninth publication in the Early Childhood in Focus series, and offers short summaries of theory, research and policy issues that can inform the implementation of Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

The Early Childhood in Focus series is published in collaboration with the Open University, and accessibly reviews the best and most recent research, information and analysis on key policy issues, offering clear messages for advocates.

In the latest publication in the series, 'The Right to Play,' Section 1 is about the concept of play, the ways culture defines play in children's lives, the role of play within early childhood pedagogy and children's own views on play. Section 2 looks more closely at the function of play in supporting children's development, including social, emotional and cognitive benefits. Section 3 is about the opportunities and challenges for realising children's right to play, including the pressures of early schooling as well as child work, and the implications of commercialisation and the growing place of new technologies in young children's lives.

The Bernard van Leer Foundation funds and shares knowledge about work in early childhood development. The foundation was established in 1949 and is based in the Netherlands.

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child adopted the General Comment on article 31 of the UNCRC on 1st of February 2013.