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Play Today Covid-19 Edition

A message from Barb Champion, Executive Director - Play Australia:

Play Australia is starting to look at what happens now as COVID-19 restrictions start to relax. As a community we have this great opportunity to 'reset' and really make inroads to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for our children.

We share how the NSW Government is making changes to support safer streets for walking and cycling. This is so important as we also call on parents to let their children walk to school.

As we get back to a new form of normal, let's utilise our skills and advocacy to support a positive change to how our children play.

And again, please stay safe and play on!


Building community and family connection

Whether you’re in isolation or navigating your community with distance, it’s important we build and retain CONNECTIONS with our fellow community and family members, particularly those that are more vulnerable.

Strong ties with family, friends and the community provide people with happiness, security, support and a sense of purpose. Research shows that being connected to others is important for mental wellbeing and can be a protective factor against anxiety and depression

Beyond Blue, Connections Matter, 2020


Here are some ideas about building community and family connections.


How we play today

At a time where we all may be feeling isolated or anxious, we have the responsibility to uphold "the child’s right to play" every day to support the growth of for their health and wellbeing.

As adults, we have the responsibility to provide PERMISSION, TIME and SPACE for our children to play freely every day, so they can make sense of the world in their own way, at their own pace.

Barb Champion, Executive Director - Play Australia


Here are some ideas to help our children play today.


Do you have something to share?

We would love to hear from you and will be seeking to update this page with further resources as they come to hand. If you have further ideas and resources on BUILDING COMMUNITY CONNECTION or HOW WE PLAY TODAY– please send to: renaee@playaustralia.org.au

OR post your pictures, videos and ideas on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @PlayAustralia with #PlayToday and we’ll share across our Australia-wide networks over the coming weeks.

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