“It has never been more important to restate the importance of play. Fundamental, essential, vital – the words in this Declaration reflect IPA members’ message to the world that play is an essential part of childhood. All children have a right to experience play which, in the words of the Declaration, is free, open, boundless, sometimes chaotic, sometimes transformative. Play is a right which all adults have a responsibility to uphold.
The IPA Declaration highlights the growing evidence of the effects of lack of time and space for play and the serious and life-long effects on children’s bodies and minds. IPA wishes to alert the wider community to this evidence and call for action to address this deprivation before the affects cause lifelong damage to more children.”
-Theresa Casey, President, IPA