Extract on Scotland: Scotland Barriers to the labour market due to disability, ill health and childcare responsibilities remain prevalent characteristics of child poverty, despite improvements over the last two decades.
However, on average, the majority of children in poverty do have at least one adult in work and in many cases parents are working all the hours expected of them by the social security system.
By observing, recording and analysing how the children performed in group activities taken from the Scottish curriculum, an evaluation could be made of the relative merits of indoor and outdoor learning. Families that Play More are Happier, but even children say they are too busy for fun and games.
The LEGO® ‘Play Well Report’ surveyed nearly 13,000 parents and children in nine countries to understand the state of play today and encourage discussion around its ongoing importance.
In Scotland as a whole, it is estimated that there are 6 metres of play space per child/young person.
A report commissioned by the Scottish Government to explore the nature and type of impact children and young people’s participation has had on national and local policy making in Scotland. The outdoor space at childcare centres can be many preschoolers’ primary experience of outdoor play.There are also other issues increasing the pressures on low-income families, including low pay and limited working hours, rising prices and lower employment rates for some groups.Most children in poverty are in working families, but some parents, including those with young children and parents with health conditions and/or disabilities, can face large barriers to work In 2017, the Scottish Parliament passed the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act, which set out four statutory targets for child poverty (Congreve and Mc Cormick, 2018). Childhood obesity is one of the world’s foremost current public health challenges.Furthermore, play supports the formation of the safe, stable, and nurturing relationships with all caregivers that children need to thrive.Play is not frivolous: it enhances brain structure and function and promotes executive function (ie, the process of learning, rather than the content), which allow us to pursue goals and ignore distractions. Report from Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University for interest.Traditional observational research examining play behaviour at playtime (recess) has been hampered by challenges in obtaining reliable data and in processing sufficient quantities of that data to permit credible inferences to be drawn. Children need to develop a variety of skill sets to optimize their development and manage toxic stress.Research demonstrates that developmentally appropriate play with parents and peers is a singular opportunity to promote the social-emotional, cognitive, language, and self-regulation skills that build executive function and a prosocial brain.Over the past 20 years, child poverty in Scotland has seen many changes.A supportive policy environment in the late 1990s/early 2000s led to many families moving out of poverty.Therefore, having access to play space can have a positive impact on a child’s development.The infographic takes data that mapped urban space and informal recreation facilities and compared this with the amount of children and young people aged 16 and under living in urban areas (settlements of 3,000 people or more).