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“Right to Play” is the focus of National Child Day Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2014
This year, the Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF) has selected Article 31, “The Right to Play,” as the theme for National Child Day. The article recognizes the child’s right to “rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural
life and the arts.”  Media release    CCCF resource sheet

Parents agree that play makes a difference in child's positive development
When children play they learn important skills, including social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills.
In our last Kindergarten Parent Survey (KPS)*, we asked parents of kindergarten-aged children about play and learning. Almost all parents surveyed (96%) agreed that play makes a difference in their child’s development. Fully 88% of parents recognized that the time their child spends playing is also time that their child is learning. Although parents recognize the importance of play, only just over half (55%) reported actively participating in their child’s play on a regular basis (frequently or every day). Research Snap Shots blog
                           

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