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The world is coping with the unprecedented crisis of the corona virus pandemic. The pandemic itself and governments’ responses to it have had a significant impact on children around the world.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) identifies the fundamental rights of children and these include their right to play. There is a heightened need to support children’s right to play at this time, so the International Play Association (IPA) has developed the IPA Play in Crisis: Support for Parents and Carers resources.

Each page, made available to you here, provides parents and carers with information and ideas so you can support your child’s play. We have included topics such as the importance of playing in times of crisis and how to respond to children’s play needs. We have also included issues that may concern parents like children playing with difficult themes of loss, death and loneliness.

The International Play Association recognizes playing as a basic and vital part of the pleasure of childhood. We see it as an essential part of all aspects of children’s development. During times of crisis, play has a significant therapeutic role helping children recover a sense of normality and joy.

The mission of IPA is to protect, preserve and promote the child’s right to play as a fundamental human right. We hope this resource will help fulfill that mission while assisting parents and carers during a particularly difficult time. We encourage you to share these resources widely throughout your networks.

Together we can ensure our children have the opportunities to play that are essential for them to thrive.

A special thanks to Play Wales for their role in creating these documents.

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TRANSLATIONS: Click to download the resource in other languages. New versions are being added weekly. If you would like to volunteer to translate the document into a language not offered, please contact us at Communications@IPAworld.org.