We endorse the WA Play Strategy

25th August 2017 by Sian Chapman
We endorse the WA Play Strategy

In recent Western Australian news, there has been a campaign to develop a WA Play Strategy to safeguard young children’s right to play.  The WA branch of Early Childhood Australia (ECA WA), is leading a national initiative by pursuing the development of a WA play strategy. 

View the 2016 ECA WA Discussion Paper: A Call for a WA Play Strategy in Early Childhood Education and Care.

The paper written identifies the serious concerns expressed by those working with young children about the erosion of play, and highlights clear policy benefits of developing a play strategy to elevate the status of play in young children’s learning and development.

ACHPER WA have endorsed the WA Play Strategy, as a key stakeholder in the promotion of physical activity in Western Australia.  We believe this strategy is an important tool for creating discussion around the benefits of physical activity and learning through movement in the early childhood age group.

Sian Chapman, UNDA Lecturer and ACHPER WA board member, states “The benefits of unstructured child-directed play are important for children to develop gross motor movement skills, negotiate rules of play and enjoy interacting with others. This strategy aligns with the core values of ACHPER WA and as such we are happy to be part of this integrated approach to improving play opportunities for children in early education and care settings.”

ECA WA encourages parents and educators to share and endorse the strategy, to be able to show evidence of cross-community support for the initiative. View the Play Strategy Endorsement Form

For more information, view the articles below referencing the Strategy:

  • WA Today: The death of childhood: play disappears from Perth primary schools
  • Maggie Dent: Submission to Government to Stop Stealing Childhood in the Name of Education
  • The West: Learning and playing at school go hand-in-hand
  • Today Tonight: Local WA Educators talk about the importance of play in the live of young children.