Draft national play policy for submission to Government.
|dc.contributor.author||[National Play Policy Working Group]|
|dc.identifier.citation||[National Play Policy Working Group], 2003. Draft National Play Policy for submission to Government. Dublin: Government of Ireland.||en|
|dc.description||The issue of play is being addressed by Government to meet commitments made in the UN Convention on the Rights of the, Child (1989), the National Children's Strategy (2000) andthe Programme for Govemment (2002). Underlying that commitment is an acknowledgement that children's play has not been given the priority or attention it deserves. The objective of this national play policy is to plan for an increase in public play facilities and improve the quality of life of children living in Ireland by providing them with more play opportunities. The policy will also address issues such as funding standards and quality. For many complex reasons, the nature of play is changing and opportunities for play are diminishing, due to changes in the environment, technology, lifestyle and society. This policy illustrates Govemment recognition of the importance of play, and a commitment to making sure that play is facilitated for all children. Background The original impetus for addressing play came from children, during the consultation process for the National Children's Strategy in November 2000. In the creation of this Strategy, children were invited to make submissions to the Minister for Children, a new departure in the development of public policy in Ireland. 2,488 responses were received from children ranging in age from 3 to 19 years. The lack of play and recreation facilities emerged as the most frequently cited concern by children in their submissions to this consultation.||en|
|dc.publisher||Government of Ireland.||en|
|dc.title||Draft national play policy for submission to Government.||en|